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Pochettino chooses Chelsea’s No. 1 goalkeeper for next campaign

Mauricio Pochettino has decided his number one for next campaign and is planning to keep Kepa as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper, according to reports.

The Blues are being linked with summer moves for a number of shot-stoppers, including Inter’s Andre Onana and Brighton’s Robert Sanchez.

Chelsea spent £72million on Kepa – making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history – and another £22m on Edouard Mendy.

But both have drawn criticism at the club and it was believed that Pochettino would look to bring in a new keeper for his first campaign in west London.

But, according to Sky Sports, Pochettino is happy with Kepa and wants the Spaniard to be his first-choice goalkeeper next campaign.

As a result, it is reported that moves for Onana or Sanchez – who would demand the No. 1 jersey – are unlikely, although the West London side may still look to sign a back-up goalkeeper should Mendy seek a move away from the club.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are focusing on other areas in the market as they look to sign a new striker and midfielder. The Blues are also keen to trim their squad at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea finished 12th in the Premier League last season – closer to relegation than the Champions League places – but will hope the arrival of Pochettino gets them back on track.

Just last week, Chelsea’s owners released a letter to supporters thanking them for their ‘incredible support’ and reiterated their commitment to the ‘long-term’ success of the club.

‘Our promise to you was to make our fans proud,’ a statement read. ‘We remain completely committed to the long term and sustainable success of our club, and fulfilling that promise we made to you.

‘We know the huge potential we must grow to develop Chelsea FC and it is a role we take seriously. Everybody working here is relentlessly focused on driving us forward.

‘Throughout these difficult periods, our fans have supported our players and our team across the country, and Europe with unfailing loyalty. We could not be more grateful for your incredible support.

‘We will continue to ensure your voices are heard as we look to the future. For all the challenges of the past year, we are optimistic about the future.’

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