Kepa Arrizabalaga has insisted he has the full backing of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard despite reports suggesting he could be replaced in the summer.
The Spaniard, who joined for a club record £71.6million from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, has come under fire for a lack of consistency this season.
Before the outbreak of coronavirus caused football to be suspended indefinitely, the Spanish stopper had been on the bench for five of the Blues’ eight previous matches.
And various reports in recent weeks have suggested that Lampard is ready to replace him when the transfer window opens, with a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana mooted.
But Kepa has remained defiant in the face of the speculation and stressed that his only motivation is to improve.
“We play 50 or 60 games a year and it is difficult to stay on the same level,” Kepa said in an interview with Marca.
“The important thing is to be very clear about the objective, to work and put everything into improving. There may be obstacles along the way, but when you have a clear objective, it is easier.
“The only thing that can be done, in these cases, is to take it professionally, respectfully and work harder to turn it around.”
Kepa continued to suggest that his relationship with Lampard is good, saying he has had the full backing of the English boss from the day he arrived at the club.
“The relationship with Frank is very good,” he added.
“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.”