Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly ready to send Kepa Arrizabalaga out on loan and install Edouard Mendy as his first-choice keeper.
Mendy this week joined the Blues on five-year deal in a £22m move from Rennes, with manager Lampard having lost confidence in Kepa after a series of errors last season.
Chelsea's latest signing was scouted out by Stamford Bridge goalkeeping legend Petr Cech, who himself joined from Rennes and is now the club's technical and performance adviser.
And while Mendy has been brought in to provide competition for Kepa, the Senegalese keeper could become Lampard's No1 straight away.
That's according to The Sun, which says the manager has not yet made a decision over Kepa's future but is open to the idea of sending the Spaniard out on loan.
Lampard dropped Kepa in favour of backup keeper Willy Caballero for two periods during last season, including the FA Cup semi-final and final.
Kepa was back between the sticks for the start of this season, but was badly out of position for Brighton's goal as Chelsea won their opening Premier League game 3-1.
Lampard recently insisted he was still committed to helping Kepa recover his confidence and his best form.
The Blues boss said: “If you don’t have communication with someone who is having a difficult time they don’t know how you feel and they see that void as something that can be negative.
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“So it’s very important I speak to Kepa or any other player in that situation. And I have done.
“I had lots of moments of low confidence, bad form, difficult moments in my career that I would happily go into myself when I speak to the players.
“Having tough times is something that happens to any player during their career and how you come through that will define you in terms of your longevity and what you achieve.
“For me, the main thing that gets a player through a lack of confidence is hard work.
“Head down, no blame game, look at yourself, see how you can get better. Those are the rules for every player.”
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