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Kepa Arrizabalaga ready to stay and fight for his Chelsea future.


Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga wants to stay and fight for his future at Stamford Bridge and believes he has support from the club's hierarchy.

The £71.6million signing from Athletic Bilbao has come under pressure this season after being dropped and manager Frank Lampard warned Kepa that he needed to work harder to sustain his place in the side.

Though he was recalled to the starting line up and praised for his reaction, Chelsea are looking to add another goalkeeper in the summer transfer window mindful that understudy Willy Caballero turns 39 in September.

Manchester United's Dean Henderson, Juan Musso at Udinese, Andre Onana of Ajax and Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan have all been discussed, heightening speculation of a change, and Kepa is aware he will face a stronger challenge for his position.

However, the 25-year old is happy in London and has been assured by senior figures that he has a future at the club even if Lampard pushes for improved competition.

Henderson has been outstanding on loan at Sheffield United and is expected to be offered a new contract by parent club Manchester United though formal talks have yet to begin.

The Old Trafford club have a crucial decision to make on goalkeepers themselves with David de Gea on a lucrative and lengthy contract worth over £300,000 a week yet occasionally prone to errors. Henderson has ambition to be their No 1 but won't return just to be cover for de Gea after such a standout campaign.

United would prefer to put 23-year old Henderson out on loan again but will be expected to give him a substantial rise on his current deal to reward his improvement and protect their asset.

Keeping Henderson as well as their other goalkeepers will prove costly in wage terms though and suitors will test United's resolve to keep the England U21 international for the long-term this summer.

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