Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to have no thoughts about leaving Chelsea and says he wants to help Frank Lampard’s side challenge for the Premier League title next season.
The Spaniard became the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he completed a £72million move from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
Kepa has endured a frustrating spell at Stamford Bridge, however, with a string of errors and an infamous public bust-up with former manager Maurizio Sarri blighting his Blues career to date.
Recent reports say Lampard remains unconvinced about Kepa and will consider selling him this summer, but the 25-year-old does not appear to be overly concerned.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Kepa said he was excited to be playing for ‘fantastic’ club Chelsea and hoped to help the Blues make up ground on Liverpool and Manchester City next season.
‘Let’s hope we are talking in a year’s time and that we are candidates to challenge those two teams [Liverpool and Manchester City],’ he said.
‘We have a great squad and we have a great manager. We can’t deny the gap, in points, between us and the top two, but I’m confident we can close that gap next season.
‘We know we need to improve, but it is a hope we all have. There’s a confidence that it is possible.’
Kepa added: ‘I’m young, I’m lucky enough to be playing for a fantastic club.
‘I’m part of the national set up with Spain as well. The team (Chelsea) have been having a good feeling about ourselves.
‘There’s a good spirit about how we’ve been playing. And individually I feel good. I want to help the team achieve its targets.’
Kepa and the Chelsea defence were widely criticised after the club’s disappointing 3-2 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday but the goalkeeper expects his team-mates to respond in the coming weeks.
He said: ‘We feel strong mentally and very fit physically, and we hope for an end of season that is great, positive and can be celebrated.’
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