Lampard plays down claims of tension with Chelsea’s board after dropping Kepa

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Frank Lampard has insisted there is no tension with Chelsea’s board over him dropping Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spanish stopper commanded a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea for £72million in August 2018.

The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge though, with veteran Willy Caballero stepping up for the last two Premier League matches.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for recent games

But now Lampard has insisted he is under no pressure to select the big-money signing.

Asked if he is on a collision course with Chelsea’s board over dropping Kepa, Lampard replied: “Certainly not. That fills a lot of headlines for people.

“I’m absolutely together with all the club and the board, because we all want the best.

“And I’m paid to make decisions.

“So with form I have to consider the goalkeeper position.

Willy Caballero has been Lampard’s choice in goal for the last two games

“Recently it’s just changed, but that’s nothing final.

“All Kepa needs to do is train and show a great attitude, as I demand from all the players.

“And things can obviously change. But all I want is the best for the team.”

Lampard will come up against his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday, fresh from the Spurs boss lamenting his lengthy injury list in midweek.

Mourinho likened his depleted forward line to “a gun with no bullets” in the wake of Wednesday’s 1-0 home Champions League loss to RB Leipzig.

But Lampard has moved to downplay the significance of Tottenham’s injuries, ahead of the Stamford Bridge battle.

“He has got attacking players, let’s get it right,” said Lampard.

“Dele Alli in his best season at Tottenham was playing up alongside Harry Kane.

“And Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final last year.”

Chelsea boasted a six-point gap on Tottenham after beating their capital rivals in north London in December, but that advantage has dwindled to just one point now.

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