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Report: Lampard holds talks with Kepa about Chelsea future

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea embraces Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on August 11, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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According to tabloid reports in England, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has had talks with Kepa Arrizabalaga about the starting goalkeeper position.

The 25-year-old was surprisingly benched in the last Premier League match against Leicester City in favor of Willy Caballero, and his performance this season has sometimes been called into question.

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The Sun reports that Kepa’s chat with Lampard has him of the belief that the benching against Leicester was a “simple wake-up call” and that he will return to the lineup soon, possibly Monday against Manchester United in Premier League play.

Chelsea has kept five Premier League clean sheets this season, but just one since the start of January. Lampard utilized the winter break to discuss the situation with Kepa, who has conceded almost five more goals this season than statistically expected.

Arrizabalaga arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018 from Athletic Bilbao, arriving to take over for Thibaut Courtois who departed for Real Madrid the same summer. His performances will have an enormous effect on Chelsea’s European fortunes next season, with the Blues sitting fourth in the Premier League table and battling with Sheffield United and Tottenham for that final Champions League spot.

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