Chelsea boss Lampard tells Kepa: Your Spain place not my problem


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s place in Spain’s Euros squad isn’t his problem.

Kepa’s recent absence from the Chelsea line-up looks set to destroy his hopes of starting for his national team this summer.

“I haven’t discussed it with him,” said Lampard. “I can only pick the team from a Chelsea view.

“I keep coming back to the same thing, it’s how well you train — [and] he is training well — and, when you get the opportunity to play, how well you play. That’s all I see.

“I understand all my international players have ambitions but the rules remain the same.

“He must have a positive attitude and I’m a fair man, I don’t know if all the players will say that — 11 will tomorrow and another 11 next week.

“That’s the nature of my job. I only call it as I see it, as I see training and performances.

“I hope all the players remain positive and of course he can play for his country.

“He’s shown that already, he’s been No.1 at times ahead of De Gea, who is a world-class goalkeeper so hopefully it isn’t a big issue at the moment.

“This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top, so there can be no one who is relaxed or loose, we have to push every day.”

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