Kepa explains how he can revive Chelsea career despite Mendy arrival

Kepa explains how he can revive Chelsea career despite Mendy arrival

Kepa Arrizabalaga says he is confident he can turn his Chelsea career around despite the arrival of Edouard Mendy.

Kepa has struggled to justify the world-record fee for a goalkeeper Chelsea spent on him two years ago.

Last season, the Spaniard lost his place in the starting lineup to veteran Willy Caballero at times, and further competition has been added for his place with the signing of Mendy.

Chelsea brought Mendy in from Rennes in a high-spending summer to push Kepa for the starting berth.

However, speaking on international duty with Spain, the former Athletic Bilbao keeper vowed to work hard to prove himself again.

“In the life of a footballer there are ups and downs,” Kepa said (via the BBC). “But in the end what is in my hands is to work.

“I feel good, strong, and confident. During your career sometimes you have to live moments like this.

“I’m confident I can turn it around and do my best when I play. We all want to play. But I don’t think about anything beyond day-to-day life and focusing on the national team’s matches.

“In the medium to long term, things can change. I want to play, I want to be on the field and I will work for that.”

Lampard: Kepa criticism unfair

Speaking last week, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard denied that he would be selling Kepa before the transfer deadline – which has now passed.

Lampard also suggested criticism of the 26-year-old has been excessive at times.

“I certainly won’t go to the point of [saying] he’s played his last game for Chelsea,” he said before their Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham, which they ended up losing on penalties.

“I think it has been a difficult time for Kepa. That’s been well documented.

“I know it, he knows it, but we certainly shouldn’t jump to that conclusion.

“Also, [something] which I felt quite strongly about in the last week, is to understand that Kepa is a young man and an awful lot of the highlight or spotlight on him has become slightly unfair.

“I have to protect him because I know he is a good lad and playing with absolute professionalism and intent to do the best he can, as all the squad have done. That’s all I want to say about him now.”

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