- Kepa Arrizabalaga has reportedly threatened to depart Stamford Bridge amid fall-out with Frank Lampard
- The Spaniard seemed to be displeased by the reality of losing his place to Willy Caballero
- Kepa signed for Chelsea on a six-year contract but fell down the pecking order after a couple of errors
Kepa Arrizabalaga has reportedly issued Chelsea a quit notice ahead of the next summer after losing his place to Willy Caballero in a couple of last games.
The Spaniard fell down the pecking order following a handful of torrid performances for the Blues, with his last appearance coming in Chelsea's 2-2 draw to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa's lack of indiscipline forced Lampard to continue using Caballero between the sticks and the veteran Argentine shot-stopper is emerging as a regular starter.
The former Atletico man has been overwhelmingly poor between the sticks recently, demonstrating a lack of discipline and consistency for the Premier League side.
Despite having a good start to life at Stamford Bridge, the 25-year-old star has become a fading shadow figure of his brilliant form under Frank Lampard.
Kepa joined Blues for a staggering £71.6million world-record fee from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in 2018, but has failed to justify his huge price tag under Frank Lampard.
The Spaniard has record merely seven clean sheets in 23 appearances for the Blues this season, with his stunning save percentage leaving him ranked at 127th out of 132 goalkeepers in Europe's top five leagues.
And amid reports that Chelsea are reportedly lining up Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as his potential replacement, Kepa is also reportedly willing to depart Stamford Bridge.
Kepa was on the bench as Chelsea suffered a disgraceful defeat to German champions, Bayern Minich, during a UEFA Champions League Round 16 encounter on Tuesday night, and was omitted in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Tottenham.
Kepa is on a six-year contract with Chelsea, but the young shot-stopper believed Lampard is not doing enough to make his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Chelsea have agreed to terms with Dutch champions Ajax over the signing of Morrocan midfielder Hakim Ziyech for a fee reported to be £45 million.
A statement by Ajax on their official Twitter page suggested that Ziyech will be moving to Stamford Bridge in the next summer, ending reports linking him to other top clubs in Europe.
The Moroccan emerged a transfer target for Blues following his stellar Champions League performance against Chelsea which ended in dramatic 4-4 draw.