Willy Caballero has said that Kepa Arrizabalaga didn’t care after he was dropped by Maurizio Sarri for Chelsea’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur. Kepa was demoted to the bench, with Caballero stepping in, after refusing to be substituted in Chelsea’s last game. Despite the gamble, Chelsea pulled off a 2-0 win over their local rivals Tottenham and moved within three points of the top four in the Premier League.
Kepa has already apologised for his behaviour in the cup final on Sunday and Caballero revealed how the young stopper reacted to the news Sarri had dropped him for the crucial game. He told BT Sport: ‘The very good news is that he doesn’t care what happened. We are ready and Kepa was fantastic today in supporting me. He learns, we learn, and I thank him for supporting me.’
It is unclear if Sarri will now restore Kepa to his starting line-up after making his point on Wednesday night. The Chelsea boss will be breathing a little easier after an important result and said before the game the decision to drop Kepa was a message to his players.
He said: ‘It’s a choice. It’s a message for my group. That we are a group and not 25 players. It’s my choice.’ Chelsea make the short trip to Fulham on Sunday and Kepa could reclaim his sport in goal.
Meanwhile, Juventus have no desire to bring Gonzalo Higuain back to Turin if Chelsea opt not to make his loan move permanent in the summer transfer window. The 31-year-old striker joined the Stamford Bridge club last month until the end of the campaign, having curtailed a loan spell at San Siro. The Argentine striker netted two goals on his first start against Huddersfield Town but has failed to hit the target since that and started the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on the bench but was introduced in the extra time but failed to make a significant impact on the game with Olivier Giroud growing confident.
According to Il Corriere di Torino, Gonzalo Higuain will not be welcomed back by Old Lady if Chelsea decide he is not for them at the end of the campaign. The FA Cup holders, who lost to Manchester United in the tournament, have the option to sign the South American for £31.5 million or can extend his loan by a further 12 months for £16 million. The Turin giants are unwilling to pay his £270,000-a-week wages and want to reduce their wage obligations to pave the way for the arrival of Aaron Ramsey, who will reportedly earn £400,000 per week.
Chelsea are considering taking advantage of this situation to use the World Cup finalist’s wage burden as leverage to agree a smaller fee for his transfer. But first Gonzalo Higuain needs to find the net frequently for Maurizio Sarri’s side between now and the end of the season.