Uk spor news Kepa up for the fight to retain number one Blues jersey Premier League transfer
PremierLeague-News.Com - Chelsea’s Spanish international keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has spoken of his ambition to retain his number-one jersey at Stamford Bridge despite the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. Kepa, who has made a string of high-profile errors between the sticks during his 71 first-team appearances for Chelsea – many of which have come
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Chelsea’s Spanish international keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has spoken of his ambition to retain his number-one jersey at Stamford Bridge despite the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. Kepa, who has made a string of high-profile errors between the sticks during his 71 first-team appearances for Chelsea – many of which have come since the appointment of Frank Lampard as boss – has revealed he is up for the challenge of “turning [his] situation around” in West London.Kepa arrived at Stamford Bridge to tremendous fanfare, given his £71 million price tag, which remains a world-record for a goalkeeper. The 26-year-old has failed to gain the confidence of Lampard during the last 18 months, having been dropped on several occasions last season in favour of experienced deputy Willy Caballero. Although Kepa began the 2020/21 EPL campaign between the sticks for Chelsea’s games fixtures with Brighton and Liverpool, the defeat against the Reds forced Lampard to dip into the transfer market to snare Senegalese stopper Mendy from French side Rennes.Kepa still “confident” of being a success at ChelseaIn an interview at the start of the international break, Kepa insisted that he was “confident” in his ability and that he would continue to “do [his] best when [he plays]”. The Spaniard admits there will always be “ups and downs” in “the life of a footballer”, but he said that “now is the moment” to trust in his own abilities more than ever given the arrival of Edouard Mendy.Kepa joined up with the Spanish senior team after Chelsea’s comprehensive victory over Crystal Palace last weekend. The 4-0 win was achieved with Kepa sat on the bench as Mendy made his first start in Chelsea colours. Lampard has been quick to insist that Kepa has a future at the club, believing the media and supporter criticism of the Spaniard to be “unfair”. Chelsea’s free-flowing second-half display against Palace demonstrated the team’s potential for the rest of the season. They are now clear favourites in the Premier League betting to overcome Southampton in their first game back after the international break.The signing of Mendy could just be the competition Kepa needs to regain his focus.
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.Edouard Mendy’s immediate impact against PalaceThe 6ft 6” presence of Edouard Mendy could be the calming presence that the Chelsea back four needs, at least for the time being. The 28-year-old has earned his stripes playing in the French Ligue 1 for both Reims and Rennes, before making his international debut for his mother’s country Senegal in November 2018.Mendy, who was signed for an estimated £22 million, agreed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, such is the confidence the club’s hierarchy hold in him being a legitimate challenge to Kepa’s number-one jersey. Although Mendy was born in France, both of his parents are of African nationality. His mother is Senegalese – hence the international call-up – while his father is of Guinea-Bissau descent. He did appear for Guinea-Bissau in the country’s non-competitive friendlies with Portuguese club sides Belenenses and Estoril, keeping a promise made to his dying father on his sick bed.Footballing pedigree runs through the Mendy bloodline. Edouard’s cousin, Ferland, is a left wing back for Spanish giants Real Madrid. Edouard and Ferland would practice together as youngsters in the garden and their dedication has paid off thus far. This football fame has come rather quickly for Edouard, given that he only signed his first professional contract with Reims as recently as 2016. Nevertheless, he has become one of the most in-demand keepers in Europe given his 6ft 6” frame and his confidence with the ball at his feet.Mendy’s ability to command his six-yard box better than Kepa means that the Basque stopper has a real fight on his hands for his Chelsea future.
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