Image:-Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga
After seeing first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois complete a move to Real Madrid, Chelsea forked a world record fee of £72 million ($90 m) to bring in Kepa from Athletic Club in the summer of 2018.
However, the 25-year-old wasn't quite able to justify his huge price tag in England, with his performances being called into question this season in the midst of the erratic Premier League form of the Blues on several occasions.
In January Lampard decided to drop Kepa in favor of back-up shot-stopper Willy Cabellero, who started five of Chelsea's last seven matches before the season's coronavirus-enforced break.
As a result, speculation about the future of Spain International in Western London has intensified, and the Blues have been linked to a number of possible replacements, including the legend of Bayern Munich Manuel Neuer.
However, at the beginning of March, Spain International was able to force its way back into the starting line-up of Chelsea, recording clean sheets in an FA Cup win over Liverpool and a 4-0 top-flight win over Everton.
Despite his struggles in 2020, Kepa remains fully focused on his duties at Stamford Bridge, and says there is no gap between him and Lampard, who has always shown a high level of confidence in his abilities.
"The relationship with Frank is very good," Marca told the former Athletic Club No.1.
"He has shown me confidence from the first moment. He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his and that of the whole club. We all like to play in every game. " It's true that Chelsea is the English team that has won the most titles in the last 10 years, and I think we should have that ambition.
"In fact, I came here for that and in the first season, we already achieved the Europa League. We have a young team. " Then came the penalty of not signing players (transfer ban) but you have to keep fighting for titles. I want to win everything with Chelsea and the national team. " Kepa added on the" obstacles "he has overcome at Chelsea in recent months:" We play 50 or 60 games a year and it's hard to stay on the same level.
"The important thing is to be very clear about the goal, to work and to put everything in order to improve. There may be obstacles along the way, but when you have a clear goal, it's easier." The only thing that can be done, in these cases, is to take it professionally, respectfully and work harder to turn it around.
The Belgian Pro League, Ligue 1 and Eredivisie have already cancelled their seasons, but the suggestion has been made that English football could restart behind closed doors in June.
"It is difficult to talk about dates, the players can not control that," Kepa added on top flight state of affairs. "In Germany, it is seen that the teams are already training together; in France, it has been suspended. " We are waiting and it will be decided with everyone's health in mind. If the Premier returns soon, it's going to be a good sign that the pandemic is under control.