Will Kepa play for Chelsea again?

Bookmakers have already priced up whether Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will play for the club under Maurizio Sarri again.

As Chelsea lost the League Cup final to Manchester City on penalties, the main talking point coming out of the final was the Spanish goalkeeper’s refusal to come off.

Kepa went down with cramp with just minutes to go in extra time – at which point Sarri decided to bring on back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero, but the number one refused to come off despite the board being held up.

Sarri was left furious on the sideline and at one point walked down the tunnel, before returning to the bench.

After the game Sarri looked to play down the situation saying: “I have talked with him, but only to clarify – the doctor came to the bench a few minutes later, and told me the situation that he wasn’t hurt.”

And Kepa himself insisted he did not mean what happened and issued a statement: “I think everything has been misunderstood in the heat of the final part of a match for the title. I feel the image that has been portrayed was not my intention. I have full respect for the coach and his authority.”

However, former Chelsea captain and legend John Terry – working the final as pundit – admitted Kepa was in the wrong.

“Once your number goes up you have to come off and show a bit of respect,” he said speaking on Sky Sports. “Deal with that after. That’s the last thing the players want.

“It’s certainly not the end of it it’s clouded a good performance. It’s taken the shine off a good performance, it’s disappointing. We’ll see what happens.”

Now PaddyPower has now priced him at 6/4 not to play under Sarri again, whilst he is 50/1 not to play for the club again.

“Ordinarily, I’d suggested the Chelsea goalie should be more worried about keeping his place than keeping goal,” Paddy Power said.

“Then I remember who he plays for, who they’re owned by, and everything the club stands for. He’ll probably be rewarded with a new contract, and a bonus for condemning Sarri.”

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