Chelsea outcast Kepa Arrizabalaga ready to step up for club in January

Kepa Arrizabalaga is ready to play for more cup games.

The Spaniard has lost his place in the team after the arrival of Edouard Mendy last summer.

The manager is likely to lose Mendy in January as he leaves for international duty and Tuchel has to rely on Kepa for a prolonged period.


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“It’s two months away,” Arrizabalaga said. “Of course we know it can happen and I will be ready. But we have a lot of games until we start thinking about that. Let’s go step by step and we’ll see what happens. If he goes to the African Cup, all the best and I’ll be ready.”

“Of course I want to play more regularly,” he said. “My last game was also a cup game, more or less a month ago. So it’s not easy to sometimes step in and feel the same as you would if you play every week. But I try to be ready, train hard, be involved in the team. Also, I feel the confidence of the manager – this is really important. I’ve felt his support from the beginning and I think when I step in I’m ready to help the team. I’m happy to do that.

“It’s really important. I want to keep playing and if we lose in the cup and we’re out, I have one game less. I start with this mindset. But I really want to enjoy being on the pitch with that pressure.”


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