Chelsea £71m stopper not happy with first-team minutes

By | September 20, 2021

Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed that life as Edouard Mendy’s back-up at Chelsea is “not easy”.

The 26-year-old Spaniard remains the world’s most expensive stopper following his £71m transfer to Stamford Bridge from La Liga outfits, Athletic Bilbao in 2018, however, he has struggled to justify his price tag.

Kepa’s error-strewn form led the team to make a move for the ex-Rennes stopper Mendy – who has established himself as Thomas Tuchel’s first choice – and Kepa has now opened up on his frustrating situation at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Radio Marca, the Spaniard said: “Everyone wants to play. Everyone wants to be in the starting line up on Saturday and Sunday.

“For outfield players, there’s a chance of coming on, but the goalkeeper surely isn’t going to play. It’s not easy. The game days when you don’t play aren’t easy.

“You need to assume your role at that point. Help as best you can. During the week, on a daily basis, push to the maximum. Doing it for you, not for anyone else, just to be prepared. To keep improving and to be ready when given the opportunity or for any circumstance.”

Kepa boasts 40 clean sheets from 110 appearances in the Blues shirt and stays under contract with the Champions League holders until the summer of 2025.