Willy Caballero Argentina World Cup

Maurizio Sarri reveals Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper after Kepa Arrizabalaga saga

Arrizabalaga vs Caballero: Who is Chelsea’s number one?

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed the club’s first-choice goalkeeper following his spat with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Italian claims that Arrizabalaga remains his number one despite heaping praise upon Willy Caballero.

The 23-year-old has been placed under immense scrutiny after his refusal to be substituted off in the League Cup final.

Caballero replaced the Spaniard against Spurs but Sarri revealed he currently is undecided whether Kepa will return against Fulham on Sunday.

Sarri admitted:

“No not at the moment. I want to see our last two training sessions.

“Kepa is our first-choice goalkeeper.

“But we are very happy for Willy because now we know very well that he’s able to play in a very difficult match.

“So I don’t know: I’m sure that in one of the next two matches, Kepa will be on the pitch.”

Kepa vs Sarri to earn Caballero new contract

Kepa Arrizabalaga

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea reacts as he refuses to be substituted during the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Caballero’s behaviour during the controversy surrounding Arrizabalaga has prompted Chelsea to offer the Argentine a new contract, according to the Telegraph.

He has been praised for his response to the young, Spanish goalkeeper’s refusal to be replaced against Manchester City.

Caballero was drafted in against Tottenham Hotspur to replace the disgraced Arrizabalaga and managed to keep a clean sheet.

Chelsea have now been handed further reaffirmation to offer Caballero a new 12-month contract.

With his deal due to expire in the summer, the west London club had already made plans to get him to recommit.

However, the way in which the 37-year-old has handled the Arrizabalaga-saga has impressed club officials.


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