REPORTS: Kepa Arrizabalaga given nine games to save his Chelsea career
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REPORTS: Kepa Arrizabalaga given nine games to save his Chelsea career

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reportedly given goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga nine games to save his career at Stamford Bridge.

The Telegraph reports that Lampard will make a decision on whether to stay with the keeper or not after the final games of the Premier Leagues season.

Kepa becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in history after completing a £72million move from Atletico Bilbao in 2018 but the Spain international has had a rough patch since replacing Thibaut Courtois with manager Lampard relegating him to the bench in some games this season.

Willy Caballero started four consecutive Premier League matches before Kepa was reinstated, and the recalled stopper did show an upturn in the form before the coronavirus crisis halted the action.

Before Lampard, the 25-year-old had an uneasy relationship with former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri with the highlight of their frosty relationship coming in a game where he refused to be substituted by the Italian.

Chelsea has nine Premier League matches remaining, while they are also still in the FA Cup and must complete their Champions League Round of 16 ties against Bayern Munich.

Caballero, who recently signed a 12-month contract extension, has primarily been used in cup competitions and may do so again, leaving Kepa to focus on the league.

 

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