- Kepa Arrizibalaga's split with his girlfriend of nine years is the cause of his poor form, reports claim
- The 25-year-old was dropped to the bench by Lampard in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City
- The Chelsea shot-stopper is currently Spain's number one goalkeeper ahead of David de Gea
Kepa Arrizabalaga has been out of form for Chelsea and has been relegated to the bench in their last game against Leicester City.
Second-choice Willy Caballero was handed a starting shirt by Frank Lampard in their 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
But according to Spanish news media outlet El Mundo, Kepa's close pals have revealed that his recent split with his girlfriend is the major reason for his dip in form.
Kepa and Andrea Perez have dated for close to nine years but recently went their separate ways after irreconcilable differences.
The last time he uploaded a photo of them together was the month before he signed for Chelsea.
El Mundo, per the Mirror: “Those close to him are clear about one of the main reasons for his drop in form, his recent split with his long-term girlfriend.”
“He’s suffering quite badly. His partner went with him to London when he left his former club Athletic Bilbao and had been his rock until the relation ended.
“His parents, who still live in the Basque town of Ondarroa, try to spend time with him but emotionally he’s pretty low at the moment,” El Mundo quoting Kepa's close friend.
Kepa made a £71.6million move to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 but has found himself in the midst of conceding cheap goals.
And it is understood that Lampard is in search for a new goalkeeper in the summer and chances of claiming his number one spot is under much scrutiny.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kepa Arrizabalaga could be on his way out of Chelsea as reports claim Frank Lamaprd is in the market for a new shot-stopper in the summer.
According to news media outlet Cope, the Spaniard could have played his last game for the Blues after Willy Caballero took his place in the 2-2 draw against Leicester City.
It is understood Kepa would leave the club if he is being preferred as second choice at Stamford Bridge.