Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has warned new signing Edouard Mendy that he will fight for his place in goal for the Blues, despite finding himself out of favour under Frank Lampard. Mendy was signed for roughly £22million during the summer transfer window, and instantly replaced Arrizabalaga in the side.
Arrizabalaga has endured a difficult year after falling out of favour under Lampard.
The Spaniard was dropped back in January and replaced by Willy Caballero after a series of poor performances.
Then, after the season resumed, he was again criticised and was dropped for the Blues final game of the season, a crunch game against Wolves.
Going into the summer transfer window, Chelsea were expected to offload Arrizabalaga or try to ship him out on loan amid rumours of a bid for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
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Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was also reportedly looked at, but in the end Chelsea chose to go for a cheaper option, with Edouard coming in.
Despite starting their first two league games, Arrizabalaga was dropped after making a crucial error in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, with Caballero once again getting the nod instead of him, while Edouard started his first league game against Crystal Palace at the expense of the Spaniard.
Instead of forcing his way out of the club this summer, Arrizabalaga stayed put at Stamford Bridge and warned Mendy that he will put up a fight for the starting spot.
“I feel good, strong, and confident,” the 25-year-old said on Tuesday.
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“Perhaps it is not a dream situation, but during the soccer 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 the day-to-day life and focusing on the national team’s matches. We have three matches and my focus is on them.
“In the life of a footballer there are ups and downs, but in the end what is in my hands is to work.
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“I have demonstrated the level that I have, I trust the level that I have and I will continue to demonstrate it; this is the moment to trust yourself,” he said.
“We all know the European Championships are next summer.
“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.”
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