Kepa Arrizabalaga has opened up on his poor form this season and his relationship with Frank Lampard amid speculation the goalkeeper could leave Chelsea this summer.
The future of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper has been a constant source of speculation following his below-par performances this season, with the Spaniard having been dropped earlier in the campaign in favour of veteran deputy Willy Caballero.
Kepa has struggled for consistency since moving to Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, but says he will continue to work hard to turn his fortunes around and ‘put everything into improving’.
“We play 50 or 60 games a year and it is difficult to stay on the same level,” Kepa told Marca.
“The important thing is to be very clear about the objective, to work and put everything into improving. There may be obstacles along the way, but when you have a clear objective, it is easier.
“The only thing that can be done, in these cases, is to take it professionally, respectfully and work harder to turn it around.”
Speculation has continued to suggest that Frank Lampard will look to address his goalkeeping issues in the transfer market this summer, though Kepa reckons he still the backing of the Chelsea boss who has shown ‘confidence’ in the shot-stopper since taking charge of the club last summer.
“He has shown me confidence from the first moment. He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his and that of the whole club. We all like to play in every game,” he added.
“It is true that, in the last 10 years, Chelsea is the English team that has won the most titles, and I think we should have that ambition. In fact, I came here for that and in the first season we already achieved the Europa League.
“We have a young team. Then came the penalty of not signing players [the transfer ban] but you have to keep fighting for titles.
“I want to win everything with Chelsea and with the national team.”