GLOVES ARE OFF Kepa’s future at Chelsea

GLOVES ARE OFF Chelsea willing to sell £72m Kepa this summer and braced for transfer offers despite Cech rating him better than De Gea

CHELSEA keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga faces a Club World Cup snub – and is set for offers to quit Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who play Palmeiras in Saturday’s final in Abu Dhabi, will not stand in his way if the price is right this summer.

While £72million Kepa helped Chelsea to a 1-0 semi-final win over Al-Hilal with two key stops, No1 Eduoard Mendy is set to come back into the side.

Mendy was on the bench for Wednesday’s win having only just returned from Senegal after celebrating the nation’s Afcon win in the final over Egypt.

But Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is desperate for the side to win the Club World Cup for the first time so will go for his best keeper.

Kepa is still set to play against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final having played in all of the rounds so far.

He has improved massively at Stamford Bridge under club legend Petr Cech, Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor.

Along with keeper coach Hilario, Cech has changed Kepa’s game and encouraged him to come off his line much more.

Cech even feels the improved Kepa is a better keeper than Manchester United’s David de Gea and should replace him as Spain’s No1.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho reckons Palmeiras will want to prove a point to Europe as the South American champions.

The Italian international said: “They are going to play for everything. This is very important for a team in Brazil.

“It is the opportunity for them to play against a team from Europe. For them, that’s a big thing. They are going to come for us. We need to be prepared for that.”


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