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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hands Petr Cech transfer assignment after West Ham defeat

Chelsea will reportedly ask technical and performance advisor Petr Cech to help them find a new goalkeeper this summer. The decision has been made following last night’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham in which Kepa Arrizabalaga’s flaws were laid bare.

The Spaniard has proved to be a weakness for the Blues this season alongside their leaky defence which has now conceded more goals than Newcastle in 13th.

Kepa’s lack of authority from set-pieces has been continually exposed by opponents, something that was evident during the first half at the London Stadium.

It proved to be the final straw for Frank Lampard, who wants to begin the search for a new No 1.

According to The Telegraph, Cech will have a huge say in who comes through the door.

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Kepa’s current contract worth £150,000-a-week makes him one of Chelsea’s highest-earners.

Cech has also been working closely with director Marina Granovskaia behind the scenes.

He flew to Germany discreetly to help clinch a deal for Timo Werner.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Kepa was dropped by Lampard for Willy Caballero.

Yet despite his frustration, the 25-year-old claimed he was determined to knuckle down and fight for his place.

“We play 50 or 60 games a year and it is difficult to stay on the same level,” Kepa told 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.”



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