Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga unlikely to return in future at Stmaford Bridge

Kepa Arrizabalaga has set his sights on leaving Chelsea on a permanent basis next summer.

Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga is currently on loan with Real Madrid. Arrizabalaga has played his last match at Stamford Bridge, journalist Ben Jacobs has told GIVEMESPORT.

The Spain international is not in plan of Chelsea and he is likely to stay with Real Madrid. Meanwhile, he has to find alternatives at the end of this season. The Blues head coach Mauricio Pochettino used the cash to strengthen his squad.

As per the transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the 28-year-old has set his sights on leaving Chelsea on a permanent basis next summer. He doesn’t see any future with Chelsea now.

Chelsea goalkeeper has entered the final two years of his £150,000-per-week contract at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old is dreaming of remaining with Real Madrid beyond the end of the current season and will look for an alternative exit route.

Kepa moved to the Spanish capital on a season-long loan last month. He has replaced former Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois who is sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Kepa has 59 clean sheets in 163 appearances for Chelsea, while he has started his loan side’s last two fixtures.

Jacobs told GIVEMESPORT: “I do think it’s likely that Kepa will leave, simply because Chelsea have brought in another goalkeeper. They’ve got Gabriel Slonina, who will have developed in 12 months time even further, and Robert Sanchez is seen as the No.1 at the football club. Before the surprise move came about, Pochettino was genuinely considering both Kepa and Robert Sanchez.

He also added, “There was a very real possibility, if the Real move hadn’t come about after Thibaut Courtois’ injury, that Kepa would have started the first few games of the season because Robert Sanchez was still integrating at Chelsea. But now I think the fact that Kepa wanted that move, and left so quickly, has only shown Pochettino and Chelsea that it’s unlikely that he’ll return.”

“If he does return, he won’t be the No.1 goalkeeper at the football club, which means that coming back will still require, in likelihood, a solution for him to leave. Chelsea can be relaxed about the situation because, contractually, Kepa is still at the football club until 2025. But I think that both club and player, at the end of the Real Madrid loan, will be looking for solutions away from Chelsea.”

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