Thomas Tuchel hints Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will leave this summer: ‘He’s not happy’ | Football


Thomas Tuchel has suggested Kepa Arrizabalaga will leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has suggested Kepa Arrizabalaga will leave Chelsea this summer by admitting the goalkeeper is ‘not happy’ with his role at Stamford Bridge and ‘deserves to play more’.

Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history when he completed a stunning £72m move from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

The Spaniard enjoyed two impressive seasons at Bilbao but struggled to live up to the hype at Chelsea before losing his place in the team to 2020 signing Edouard Mendy.

Mendy has quickly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe since displacing Arrizabalaga , with the latter making just 11 Premier League appearances over the past two season.

Given his limited game-time in west London, Arrizabalaga has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Newcastle United are said to be interested in securing his signature this summer, along with several European clubs.

Arrizabalaga could be one of several players to be leaving Chelsea this summer, with Antonio Rudiger joining Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen closing in on a move to Barcelona.

There also continues to be speculation over defender Cesar Azpilicueta, striker Romelu Lukaku and winger Christian Pulisic.

Arrizabalaga has been forced to deputise to Edouard Mendy

Arrizabalaga has been forced to deputise to Edouard Mendy (Picture: Getty)

Asked about Arrizabalaga’s future, Tuchel said: ‘It depends what he wants and it depends what his plans are, but I know that we are very privileged to have Edou [Mendy] and Kepa in our squad.

‘I know for sure that Kepa is not happy about the situation and he deserves to play more and he can be a strong number one.

‘He arrived as a number one goalkeeper so the situation is not easy. I can tell you that he is a fantastic team player since day one and always was and never let anybody down.

‘So, no, we did not have conversation about it. I know the goalkeepers’ coaches have these conversations at the moment and then we will take our time to speak with him.

‘We must reflect on what’s best, what the possibilities are and I’m, of course as a coach, super happy to have both strong goalkeepers. Let’s see.’

Arrizabalaga was brought on for the EFL Cup penalty shootout against Liverpool earlier in the season but failed to save 11 successive efforts before blazing his own strike over the bar.

Tuchel resisted the temptation to repeat the tactic for last weekend’s FA Cup final but Chelsea still endured the same outcome, with Liverpool winning 6-5 on penalties.

Chelsea, who drew 1-1 with Leicester City last night, finish the 2021-22 campaign on Sunday against Watford, although Arrizabalaga is unlikely to be involved.

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