It is no secret that before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and disrupted all footballing action everywhere in the world, Premier league giants Chelsea FC were having a little crisis of their own – A goalkeeping crisis.
When new manager Frank Lampard took over, he knew that there was a lot of work to be done on the team, especially replacing their best player in recent times – Eden Hazard, but what he never anticipated was that Kepa Arrizebelaga was going to be a problem for him.
Kepa Arrizebelaga has struggled for form throughout the season to the point where Lampard had to drop him for some games before the footballing world was brought to an abrupt halt.
Although before all football matches were cancelled, the Chelsea gaffer expressed some confidence in his goalie, saying that they were not going to be looking for a new shot-stopper in the Summer.
However that stance might have changed with new reports emerging indicating that Chelsea are interested in securing the services of top rated German shot stopper Manuel Neuer.
The fact that the 34-year old German has been linked away from The Bavarians with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021 does not seem to quell this speculations.
The German goalkeeper last week fueled speculations when he slammed his employers after details of his contract talks were leaked.
‘All conversations that I’ve had here since, have always been conducted with great confidence. Nothing has ever leaked out,’ he told Bild.
Expressing his disappointment with how matters have been dealt with, he continued: ‘But now there are details from the current discussions in the media that are often not even correct. That annoys me. That’s not how I know Bayern.’
‘I want to play as long as I’m fit. But the most important thing for me is trust. It’s clear to me that it’s Utopian to want a five-year contract. ‘I’m 34 and can’t predict how I’m going to be at 39. That’s why what has been publicly suggested makes no sense at all.
‘It has always been important to me to be able to work trustingly with the employees in management positions – as loyal as I am to the club as a player and captain.’
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is however very confident that Manuel will not be moving anywhere anytime soon.
In an interview with Bild, he said ‘We both know what we have in each other and under these circumstances I am optimistic that we will find a solution in the end and that Manuel Neuer will sign a new contract. We have the world’s best goalkeeper and we have already won everything with him.’