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Lampard reveals he has made decision on Kepa

Frank Lampard says he has already made a decision on whether to recall Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea’s game against Manchester United.

Lampard refused to reveal the decision when speaking at a press conference on Friday.

But the Chelsea manager praised keeper Kepa for his reaction to being dropped prior to the winter break.

Lampard opted to pick Willy Caballero in goal for the 2-2 draw at Leicester after a number of mistakes by Kepa.

“Kepa’s reaction has been good, as I would expect. I haven’t had lots of conversations with him,” Lampard said.

“I deal with the players as it feels right. I am open and straight with them.”

Lampard also insisted that the huge transfer fee Chelsea paid for Kepa will in no way influence his decision-making when it comes to team selection.

Lampard said: “It doesn’t matter when you came to the club. I don’t take into account the fee. It’s the training that counts.

“It wasn’t about giving him a jolt. It was just a selection on that day. I want everyone’s reaction spot on.

“I know how it will feel for him. I had it in my career, it is part and parcel. I am pleased with the reaction.”