Kepa Arrizabalaga has outlined his ambitions to “win everything with Chelsea” while insisting he still enjoys the full “confidence” of head coach Frank Lampard.
Chelsea forked out a world-record fee of £72 million ($90m) to bring in Kepa from Athletic Club in the summer of 2018, after seeing first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois complete a move to Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old hasn’t quite been able to justify his huge price tag in England, however, with his performances called into question on several occasions this season amid the Blues’ erratic Premier League form.
The Spain international was, however, able to force his way back into Chelsea’s starting line-up at the beginning of March, recording clean sheets in an FA Cup win over Liverpool and a 4-0 top-flight victory against Everton.
Kepa remains fully focused on his duties at Stamford Bridge despite his struggles in 2020 and says there is no rift between him and Lampard, who has always shown a great level of trust in his abilities.
“The relationship with Frank is very good,” the former Athletic Club No.1 told Marca.
“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 is true that, in the last 10 years, Chelsea is the English team that has won the most titles, 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 (the transfer ban) but you have to keep fighting for titles. I want to win everything with Chelsea and with the national team.”