Frank Leboeuf says Chelsea must offload Kepa Arrizabalaga and sign a new replacement goalkeeper this summer.
The world’s most expensive stopper has struggled to live up to his astronomical £72million price tag since joining from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
Kepa came under fire for a string of high-profile errors and was dropped by Lampard towards the end of last season in favour of deputy Willy Caballero.
Chelsea are in the midst of an extraordinary rebuild at the club, already bringing in the likes of Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
However, according to former Blues centre-back Leboeuf, their goalkeeping situation is a major issue that needs to be resolved immediately.
‘It’s a real problem, he was very inconsistent last season and I think he has to go,’ the French World Cup winner told ESPN FC.
‘The fans, the coach, have lost confidence about his performances and maybe the centre-halves also felt the pressure.
‘When you’re a centre-half or a full-back, you need to have a comfortable presence behind you where you know that if you’re in danger the guy’s going to be behind you, saving you, which wasn’t the case last season.
‘So I think he has to go, but they have to find another one. It’s crucial for Chelsea to find a solution.’
‘Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,’ the former Blues goalkeeper told Sport.cz last week.
‘But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.
‘Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now.
‘But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.’