WILLY CABALLERO has launched a staunch defence of his under-fire Chelsea team-mate Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spaniard was dropped for last weekend’s top-four clinching win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge – as well as the recent FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
And having been statistically the worst goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, Kepa is rumoured to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.
But Caballero, who is likely to start Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal at Kepa’s expense, has defended his blunder-prone fellow keeper.
The 38-year-old told the Express: “Of course I hope he stays.
“I have known him for two years. Last season was very good for him. This season there were some other things happening, but last year was fantastic.
“He is still the No1 goalkeeper for Spain, and is a great goalkeeper.
“We have a great relationship – first of all because we speak the same language.
“We work together well in training. It was the second time that Frank left him out, but in terms of our relationship he has been very good.
“He has been behind me, helped me with everything in the games that I have played.
“That’s all I can say about Kepa. He has shown me and all of us a great face, even in the worst moments for him. That is so professional from him.
“The way that he worked during those weeks and in the last week, he was excellent.”
SunSport exclusively revealed that Kepa is growing resigned to never featuring for Chelsea again after last weekend’s snub.