Chelsea today exercised their option to extend goalkeeper Willy Caballero’s contract, the Telegraph reported this afternoon.
The stopper played more games than he might have expected this season so far, after Frank Lampard was forced to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Spring.
The Spaniard’s form was horrific, and there weren’t too many complaints at the manager’s decision in the end. But it’s hardly a long term solution, dropping the world’s most expensive goalkeeper for a 38 year old.
So extending his deal until 2021 does make total sense, given we have the option. The same can be said of Olivier Giroud, who is also now apparently staying another year.
Some fans are worried that this rules out the chance of signing new goalkeeper in the summer, and it certainly indicates a certain caution on Chelsea’s part – either that they won’t be able to find a buyer for Kepa or that they won’t be able to a worthwhile replacement.
But it’s just that – caution – and it doesn’t mean that any decisions have been taken just yet. If the right player comes up, you can expect the Blues to swoop.
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