Tuchel breaks silence on collapsed Chelsea exit and explains what went wrong for star who could oust struggler
With the late spring window now in the back view reflect, consideration has gone to how Chelsea’s new-look crew will attack the Premier League. A large group of high profile signings showed up including Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria in the window’s last 24 hours.
Nonetheless, exits were similarly as incessant at Stamford Bridge. To be sure, any semblance of Emerson Palmieri, Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley, Billy Gilmour and Michy Batshuayi all left on long-lasting arrangements in the last 10 days on schedule went back and forth.
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One player who endure the separate was back-up goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 27-year-old Spaniard is behind Edouard Mendy in the food chain. That is something a long way from ideal given the powerful £71.6m he cost in 2018.
That prompted discuss a loan exit to Napoli. For sure, Sky Italia drove the way on that front toward the beginning of August, with their detailing upheld by Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea were even perceived to pay up to 3/4 of Kepa’s compensation assuming he moved to Naples. Notwithstanding, the Serie A side eventually ended up marking Salvatore Sirigu rather on August 11.
Presently, addressing Chelsea’s site, Blues supervisor Thomas Tuchel ended his quietness on Kepa’s cut short exit.
The German conceded Kepa attempted to track down another club. Nonetheless, he made sense of the details of all possible proposition set forward weren’t acceptable.
Besides, Tuchel additionally pushed he never really believed that Kepa should leave. Given Mendy’s initial season battles that observably erupted against West Ham, Kepa may yet be in line for surprisingly minutes.
If Kepa gets an opportunity, Tuchel guaranteed he’s giving his best in the background to reimburse the confidence.
“He tried and checked his options, which we were aware of,” said Tuchel. “They were not satisfying for him or us so he stayed and I’m very happy about that.
“I was always very clear directly with him that I would love him to stay and my point of view is that he’s ready to play.
“It’s on us if we give him the chance or not. But he’s 100 per cent ready with how he behaves and trains.”
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Having a £71.6m bench warmer is far from ideal. However, the Spaniard has often shone when selected in the cup competitions and that will likely continue this season.
What’s more, his contract doesn’t expire until 2025. Given there’s three years left, Chelsea are in no danger of losing an expensive signing for free any time soon.
His future will likely come under the microscope again in the future windows. If Mendy rediscovers his best form and new signing Gabriel Slonina continues to develop at a rapid rate, Kepa’s long-term future will lay away from the capital.
But for the time being, there are worse problems to endure than having Kepa on the bench.