Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that goalkeeper Kepa has a future at Stamford Bridge despite his period out of the team.
The Spaniard has endured an indifferent campaign in West London so far, with Lampard electing to drop him to the bench following a 2-2 draw with Arsenal back in January.
He has not made a Premier League appearance since then, with the Chelsea manager instead preferring veteran Willy Caballero between the sticks.
Despite that, Kepa, who joined Chelsea for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £71.6m from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018, is set to remain and Stamford Bridge, according to Lampard.
He said: “He’s [Kepa] been professional, as expected.
“He’s trained well and he’s kept his head down, supported the team. I say the same every week because I get asked this every week, but he’s been good.
“Every player here is in control of their destiny in terms of how they play and how they train.
“This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top. There’s nobody who can be relaxed or loose, we’re pushing every day. Of course in the summer we look at the group as a whole but we’re not looking beyond the game tomorrow night.”
The Blues are back in action on Tuesday as they face Premier League rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup Fifth Round, a game in which Kepa could regain his place. Chelsea are at 7/5 with Betfair to win the game.