Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has made a shocking u-turn on his future and has now decided to stay at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish keeper fell out of favour under Frank Lampard last campaign and he was dropped for Chelsea’s FA Cup final which they lost 2-1 to Arsenal in July.
That decision looked to all but seal Kepa’s intentions to leave the club and the Spaniard had been keen to do so, with offers from his country to return after two years in England.
But, in an indication that he has been unimpressed with the defence, the Sun claim Kepa now wants to stay with the blues after the signings of Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.
Ben Chilwell arrived in a £50m deal from Leicester City, while Thiago Silva signed a one-year contract after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
Both players should help improve Chelsea’s poor defence, which conceded 58 goals in the Premier League last campaign.
Kepa made some errors throughout the campaign but the shot-stopper believes he’s been unjustly criticised and that a more experienced defence would improve his displays.
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The Spaniard still has four years to run on his deal at Chelsea, where he currently earns £150,000-per-week.
Chelsea have already signed five players so far this summer window and Lampard fears a new keeper may be one change too many. The club had been keen to sell Kepa but their asking price was too much for interested teams.
‘Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,’ Cech, now a technical and performance advisor at Chelsea, told Sport.cz.
‘Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now. ‘But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.’