'I'm pleased with the reaction': Lampard provides reassuring update on Kepa ahead of Man United game
- The Blues boss confirmed that he is happy with Kepa's reaction to being dropped for the trip to Leicester City.
- Lampard, though, has refused to reveal whether the 25-year-old will start against Man United on Monday.
- 'I don't take into account the fee,' says Lampard, insisting that the Spaniard needs to prove his worth in training.
The manager also assured the fans that he has been talking regularly with the under-fire 25-year-old but has warned that the Spaniard's massive price tag doesn't guarantee an immediate return to the starting eleven.
"The reaction has been good as I would expect. I haven’t had lots of conversations with him. It’s a decision I will have to make," said Lampard in his press conference ahead of the Man United clash on Monday.
"It doesn’t matter when you came to the club, I don’t take into account the fee. It’s the training that counts."
Lampard remained tight-lipped when asked about a possible return for the Spaniard to the No.1 role in place of Willy Caballero on Monday evening.
"I have decided, and you’ll find out," added the manager, apparently unwilling to reveal key details about his selection.
The 41-year-old has further stated that dropping Kepa for the trip to Leicester City wasn't done with the intention of shaking him up, but it was just a mere selection for the game, insisting that he himself had to deal with such situations in his playing days.
"It wasn’t about giving him a jolt. It was just a selection on that day. I want everyone’s reaction spot on. I know how it will feel for him," said the Blues boss.
"I had it in my career, it is part and parcel. I am pleased with the reaction.
"I deal with the players as it feels right. I am open and straight with them."