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Jermaine Jenas has urged Chelsea not to rush into a deal which would lead Kepa Arrizabalaga leave the club.
Kepa’s form this season has been concerning and he was dropped by Frank Lampard for their final Premier League game against Wolves.
Speaking to Five Live, Jenas said: “I just feel like I want to see another year.
“It’s not even so much another year, I want to see what he’s like with a better defence in front of him.
“Yeah, he’s made some mistakes but we looked at David De Gea when he first arrived in the Premier League and it took him a while to adjust to things.
“There has to be a goalkeeper in there somewhere, you don’t pay £75m for no reason, so he’s obviously got the ability and the talent.
“I just feel that I’m waiting to see him with a strong defence.
“Sometimes you just need that leader in front of you, I don’t think there’s that leader at Chelsea at the minute.
“They’re all on a similar playing field, so get a leader in front of him, see how he reacts to that and then I’ll be able to give you more of a yes or no in regards to keeping him.
“Right now I’d stick with him, work on my defence and try and tighten things up that way.”
“I don’t see why Caballero would be a viable option because, if he was, then he’d be starting and we wouldn’t even be having a conversation about Kepa,” continued Jenas.
“He came in because Kepa had a bit of a wobbly spell where a few goals went in where Frank was looking at it wondering whether it should have gone in or not.
“He was brought in at times during the season to steady the ship a bit.
“I don’t look at him as a number one, to be honest with you, I think he’s a good number two and a good goalkeeper in general but I think, if Chelsea are going to make any decisions on their goalkeeper, they’re going to do something big.
“You’re going to see Jan Oblak turn up at Chelsea or something like that, otherwise they’re going to have to sit still with what they’ve got.
“They’re already spending a lot of money and I don’t see them being able to get Oblak out of his contract at Atletico Madrid.
“We’re talking £110m to £130m to get him out of that so unless there’s some form of swap deal to soften the blow a bit, I don’t see that happening.
“We’ve seen a lot of surprises in the past and it wouldn’t shock me.”
source – Football.London
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