Kepa ‘ready to battle’ goalkeeper who ‘wants Chelsea transfer’

Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly keen to stay and fight for his starting spot as Chelsea, despite the Blues’ interest in signing a new goalkeeper.

Kepa – the club’s record signing – struggled under Frank Lampard last season and was heavily criticised throughout.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of replacements, with a move for Rennes stopper Edouard Mendy most consistently talked up.

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Chelsea have reportedly had a bid of €16million turned down by the Ligue 1 side, but the 28-year-old ‘wants to move to Chelsea’, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

But The Telegraph claim Kepa wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and prove he is worthy of the No 1 jersey.

The 25-year-old is still aiming to win Lampard over and hopes he is given a chance to impress at the beginning of next season, says the report.

Ex-Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech, currently technical and performance advisor at Chelsea, recently suggested the club would be patient with Kepa.

“Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,” Cech said.

“But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.

“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.”

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