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Kepa Arizzabalaga is willing to take a major pay cut in order to end his Chelsea nightmare, it's been claimed.
The world' most expensive goalkeeper has endured a torrid time at Stamford Bridge over the last few months, making a series of high-profile errors.
The Spaniard's last howler came in Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Southampton last month, in which the former Atheltic Bilbao stopper gifted Saints their second goal of the game with a poor clearance.
Kepa's capitulation over the last few months prompted the west Londoners to acquire the services of Edouard Mendy from Rennes and look for suitors for the Spain international.
The 26-year-old's wages, however, put a host of clubs off from signing him on loan.
But the keeper's fall down the Spanish pecking order has now made him consider leaving Stamford Bridge.
That's according toThe Sun , who claim the Blues ace is willing to take a reduction to his £150,000-a-week wages in order to facilitate a move.
That decision has been brought on by Unai Simon – his successor at Bilbao – leapfrogging him in the Spanish pecking order.
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Kepa is desperate to be Spain's No.1 when the European Championships roll around next summer but has been warned by La Furia Roja chief Luis Enrique he won't be part of the squad if he's not playing regular first-team football.
"Kepa is not in a nice situation, but it is not the end of the world," Enrique said on Tuesday.
"It's the ideal moment for him to rise again, for us to see what Kepa is made of. What he is going through at Chelsea now is something that happens to all players throughout their careers."
Kepa himself knows he's not in a good spot at this moment in time but is confident his fortunes will soon change.
He said: "I'm feeling good, strong and confident. Perhaps it's not the situation I dreamed of or hoped for, but we all have to go through moments like this.
"I'm confident I can turn things around and am willing to work hard to do that."
Chelsea will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to St James' Park to take on Newcastle.
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