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Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘determined’ to stay and be successful at Chelsea — report

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Fighting for his place

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Kepa Arrizabalaga is not giving up on his Chelsea career, even if many have given up on him otherwise. Fortunately for him, those does not include the club themselves, at least not publicly, with technical director advisor Petr Čech throwing his support behind the 25-year-old in a recent interview and reports like this one from Matt Law of the Telegraph saying all the right things.

Law’s report claims that Kepa “is prepared to stay and fight for his place” and is “determined to try to make a success” of his career at Stamford Bridge. That those are the levels we’re dealing with despite a world record transfer fee is not exactly great, but at least the attitude is correct — just as it was last season, when Lampard dropped him then acknowledged the hard work he put it on the training ground to win his place back from the (admittedly ancient) Willy Caballero. (And just as it was at the start of his career, when Kepa targeted Chelsea legend status.)

Of course, even if Chelsea wanted to move Kepa, the financials of his situation would make that practically impossible. And fully replacing him would be unfeasible after spending north of £200m already, even with FFP suspended for a year.

Hopefully Chelsea are indeed successful in bringing in some competition however, to help raise the general levels of our goalkeeping from last season’s eye-wateringly bad numbers.