Edouard Mendy’s impressive start to his Chelsea career has forced Kepa Arrizabalaga to settle for a place on the bench.

The Spain international has also dropped down the pecking order with the national team, with Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón and Manchester United’s David de Gea ahead of him.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano stated in his podcast the Blues will allow the 26-year-old to pack his bags in the winter market.

Romano’s claims have been relayed by AS and they also provide their own information on this case.

The one thing that worries the former La Liga keeper the most is his place with Spain for the next summer’s European championship. Kepa needs to have more minutes under his belt in order to convince Luis Enrique to include him in his plans with La Roja.

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The custodian sees leaving Stamford Bridge in January as a ‘solution’ to meet his needs of playing week in, week out.

Chelsea paid €80m for Kepa in 2018. AS are of the belief it won’t be easy for the Premier League side to recover most of the money invested on his signing in January, and therefore, the ‘logical thing’ is to think of a loan move for the second half of the season.

AS adds ‘it remains to be seen what market opportunities are presented to you’, meaning clubs are yet to come forward to take Kepa in January, even on a loan deal.