Kepa Arrizabalaga receives advise from former Chelsea goalkeeper after losing his place to Edouard Mendy

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Chelsea spent a world record fee for a goalkeeper when the club purchased Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71million from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

Kepa, however, has struggled for form and consistency during his time at Stamford Bridge and simply hasn’t justified his enormous price tag.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes during the summer transfer window to replace Kepa.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic acknowledges that Kepa’s time in west London has not worked out as planned but believes the Spanish international will prove his critics wrong whether at Stamford Bridge or at a new club.

Begovic told talkSPORT: “I don’t think it’s gone to plan for everyone.

“These situations are never straightforward. If you spend a big transfer fee it doesn’t mean everything is going to work out; there are a lot of factors into making a move work and making an impact at a club.

“Mendy has come in and done really, really well, I think he’s really solidified that position.

“He’s been impressive, he’s been a joy to watch to be honest and he’s someone I really enjoy watching.

“But can Kepa still prove everybody wrong? Possibly.

“I think Kepa is a really good goalkeeper, he played really well in Spain before his move to Chelsea and it’s obviously been a bit of a tricky time for him.

“He’s got really good quality and I’m sure he’ll be a huge success, whether it’s at Chelsea or somewhere else.”

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