Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to have no thoughts about departing from Stmaford Bridge and says he wants to help Frank Lampard’s side to compete with Liverpool and Man City for the Premier League tittle next campaign.
The Spaniard became the most expensive goalkeeper in history after he has finalised £72million switch to Athletic Bilbao back in 2018.
Kepa has endured a frustrating spell at the West London club, however, with a string of errors and an infamous public bust-up with ex-head-coach Maurizio Sarri blighting his career at Stamford Bridge was ended.
Recent reports claims that Lampard remains unconvinced about Kepa and could try to sell him ahead of the 2020/21 season.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Kepa claimed that he was excited to be playing for ‘fantastic’ manager and the club.
‘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.
Spaniard and the Chelsea defence were widely criticised after 3-2 a loss in the London derby on Wednesday however, the goalkeeper expects his team-mates to respond strong when they host Watford at Stamford Bridge.
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.’