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‘Chelsea must stick with Kepa in the summer’

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Kepa Arrizabalaga might have struggled for Chelsea this season but former Blues goalkeeper Mark Bosnich insists the club should stick with him.

Kepa has shown his character since his return after being dropped by Lampard and is still expected to come good for Chelsea.

Joining the Blues as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper meant a lot of eyes were going to be on the Spaniard.

After a series of poor performances, Kepa eventually got dropped by Lampard, with Willy Caballero in goal for five games before the former Bilbao man was re-instated to the Blues lineup.

At the moment, Chelsea seem to be linked with almost any goalkeeper around, with rumours claiming Lampard is ready to replace Kepa in the summer after a poor season.

The likes of Donnarumma, Onana and Manuel Neuer have circulated around the club but former Chelsea and United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich claims the goalkeeper position is a delicate one.

The 48-year-old believes being a goalkeeper in the Premier League is much different to other leagues and the Blues still have to stick with their no 1 goalie and forget other names.

“With Kepa, it is a little bit different because of the price tag that surrounds him but it wasn’t Frank Lampard who bought him,” he told Goal.

“It was somebody else. I was impressed with the way he came back but he has been struggling a little bit this season”

“It is completely understandable as a manager if someone is not doing it for you at a big club you think somewhere else. There are stories around about Donnarumma or Onana but with any goalkeeper you talk about purchasing, especially from abroad, there’s nothing like playing the position in England.

“There’s more physical challenges on the crosses that you get in England than anywhere else in the world. You have to be careful. I am not privy to what’s gone on behind the scenes but if a manager-player relationship breaks down, then that’s a different matter.

“I rate Kepa, I thought he was a superb shot-stopper with good agility and his kicking was okay for me. I think people make too much of his problems with distribution but the first job is to keep the ball out of the net. Kicking is a bonus.

“In terms of dominating his box, he is young and slight so it has taken time to get to grips with that. That’s something they need to work on. For me, he has not been a disaster in any sense of the word. He has done okay so far.”

Kepa has brought mixed opinions within the Blues fan-base, with many claiming he will still come good for the club and some agreeing that he has to be moved on.