Chelsea boss Frank Lampard plans Kepa showdown talks after Edouard Mendy arrival
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard plans to hold crunch talks with Kepa Arrizabalaga over the next 24 hours after completing the signing of Edouard Mendy.
Mendy finally sealed a £22million move to Stamford Bridge on Thursday, plunging Arrizabalaga’s position as Lampard’s No.1 goalkeeper into serious doubt.
The Spaniard has struggled for consistency over the past year, making several costly errors and recording the second-lowest save percentage in the Premier League last season.
As a result, Mendy’s arrival from Rennes will come as a major concern.
And Lampard insists he will hold talks with both Arrizabalaga and backup shot-stopper Willy Caballero over the next 24 hours.
“I haven’t spoken to Kepa since the announcement came. We trained and I didn’t see him,” he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League trip to West Brom.
“But I will have a conversation with him and Willy Caballero over the next 24 hours. I have a very open line of communication with them.
“It’s important that goalkeepers have a small union at the training ground because of the way they work together.
“There’s good competition there now, we know that, and that’s how we move forward.”
Mendy racked up 33 appearances for Rennes last term, helping the French club achieve a third-place finish in Ligue 1.
The Senegal international arrives in England as a fairly unknown quantity, although Chelsea technical director and former goalkeeper Petr Cech was key in luring him to west London.
Despite Arrizabalaga’s shaky form of late, however, Lampard says tomorrow’s clash with West Brom has come a little too early for Mendy.
“[For Mendy] to start tomorrow is not going to happen,” he said.
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“He has had a long week where he hasn’t really trained, flew in yesterday and it just feels too tight a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game.”
Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech remain unavailable for Chelsea at the Hawthorns, yet Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are in line to make their league debuts.
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