KEY POINTS

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga's future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain
  • Lampard will talk to all his goalkeepers following the arrival of Edouard Mendy
  • Petr Cech has taken an active role in improving the Blues' goalkeeping

Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard has his work cut out for him as he tries to sort things out in the goalkeeping position. Edouard Mendy is coming in, and his entry raises questions regarding the fates of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

The Blues have been struggling in the goalkeeping position despite the efforts of Arrizabalaga and Caballero. Most saw the coming of Mendy as a warning sign, and it appears Lampard will have to calm the storm.

“There’s no clarity on that one yet about what will happen and I’m not going to speak about the maybes or what might happen in the future,” Lampard said, Goal reported.

“I think the most important thing now is the game this weekend, which Mendy won’t be involved in. I will have conversations with all the goalkeepers and be very open about it and we’ll see the way to move forward,” he added.

The Blues completed a $27 million deal with Rennes for the services of the 28-year-old goalkeeper. Initially, Stade Rennais seemed firm on keeping the Senegalese goalkeeper at Roazhon Park. But Chelsea would not be denied, pulling off a deal that most felt had no chance of materializing.

Hence, the future of Kepa is once again in the spotlight. If not a straight deal, a loan has been suggested. But the problem right now is his huge contract.

Sevilla and Valencia were linked to the Spanish goalkeeper but have folded due to his astronomical paycheck. Regardless, Lampard is not shutting down the possibility of a loan deal happening before Oct. 5.

If there are no takers, it will be an interesting season for Kepa and the Blues. Unless he improves under the tutelage of Petr Cech, he is likely to see minimal exposure. That all depends on how he responds to the Chelsea technical and performance advisor, whom Lampard said played a key role in the acquisition of Mendy.

“Petr has his job but he’s also at times helping with the goalkeepers. Why would you not tap into having the best goalkeeper in the world, which he was for a long time, to pass on that knowledge?” Lampard said.

“Having Petr train with the goalkeepers and bring his experience is a great thing. He still has great quality as he retired pretty young,” he continued. “He’s training and keeping fit, which I think is healthy for him and the goalkeepers in the squad.”

Proving his worth: Kepa Arrizabalaga kept a much-needed clean sheet in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Liverpool Proving his worth: Kepa Arrizabalaga kept a much-needed clean sheet in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Liverpool Photo: AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS