Kepa breaks silence on Chelsea position following arrival of Edouard Mendy

Kepa Arrizabalaga says he will keep fighting for his place in the Chelsea side after he was dropped to the bench following the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

The Spanish goalkeeper has come under a huge amount of scrutiny for his poor form recently, and was again under the spotlight after a big blunder in the Blues' 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last month.

Mendy was signed on September 24 and has started Chelsea's last two games, keeping a clean sheet on his Premier League debut in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

There are suggestions that Kepa could be sold when the transfer window re-opens in January, but speaking ahead of Spain's friendly against Portugal on Wednesday he insisted he is still committed to Chelsea.

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When asked about his position by reporters, Kepa replied: "I feel good, strong and confident.

"Maybe it is not the perfect situation, but sometimes these things happen. I am confident I will turn my form around.

"I do not have the feeling of being a substitute. We have three goalkeepers and the level is very high.

"He (Frank Lampard) is the coach who chooses the eleven and we have to try to do our best and if we do not play we must try as much as possible."

He went on to add: "In the life of the footballer there are ups and downs. My situation is not the same as last year. I only have to work and show my qualities.

"If I have the opportunity to play I will try to take advantage of it."

It remains to be seen if there is any future for Kepa under Lampard, with the Chelsea boss reportedly having completely run out of faith with the player.

He will be difficult to sell, however, given that the Blues will want to recoup at least a large part of the £71.5m they spent on him in 2018 – a fee which made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

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