Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘could make unlikely return to Chelsea this summer with goalkeeper set for talks with new manager Enzo Maresca’

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Real Madrid on loan from Chelsea last summer
  • The keeper fell down to third choice at the Bernabeu and his future is uncertain
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Kepa Arrizabalaga will reportedly talk with new Chelsea manager Enzo Maresca before a decision is made on his future.

Arrizabalaga joined Real Madrid last summer on a season-long loan after regular Los Blancos shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois ruptured his ACL, ruling him out for the majority of the season. 

The stopper didn’t manage to make much of an impact at the Bernabeu, slipping to third choice behind Andriy Lunin as the season progressed.

Kepa has just one year remaining on the deal he signed with the blues when they made him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time with a £72m fee in 2018.

The Sun report that Madrid are open to keeping him, but only with another 12-month  loan or a free transfer. 

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could make unlikely return to Chelsea this summer

Maresca’s arrival at Stamford Bridge has also opened the door for a potential return but the Spaniard would only do so with guarantees of game time.

That will require constructive talks when Kepa returns from holiday later this month.

A source told the Sun: ‘The uncertainty over Chelsea’s next manager has put everything on hold for a couple of weeks.

‘Kepa also wanted to make the most of winning LaLiga, The Spanish Supercup and of course the Champions League.

The arrival of new manager Enzo Maresca could change things for Arrizabalaga

The arrival of new manager Enzo Maresca could change things for Arrizabalaga

‘He will need to talk to Maresca and see what the future holds. He would be happy in Madrid or in London. If Lunin leaves Madrid that could make it easier for everyone.’

Kepa has now won the Champions League twice having also been part of the triumphant Chelsea side of 2021 which beat Manchester City in Porto.