Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero believes teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga still has a lot to offer but only if given enough time.
The Spaniard has come under sharp criticism over his performances this season, which have led to speculations that he will leave in the summer.
Frank Lampard is thought to be in the market for a new keeper, with Kepa expected to leave.
“Of course I hope he stays,”Caballerosaid in the Express on the exit rumors.
“I have known him for two years. Last season was very good for him. This season there were some other things happening, but last year was fantastic. He is still the No.1 goalkeeper for Spain and is a great goalkeeper.
“We have a great relationship – first of all because we speak the same language.
“We work together well in training. It was the second time that Frank left him out, but in terms of our relationship, he has been very good.
“He has been behind me, helped me with everything in the games that I have played.
“That’s all I can say about Kepa. He has shown me and all of us a great face, even in the worst moments for him. That is so professional from him.
The Argentine was in goal during Chelsea’s last Premier League match against Wolves, and might be in line for a start in the FA Cup final match against Arsenal.
Meanwhile,Arrizabalagahas been linked with a return to Spain, with Valencia thought to be keen on snapping him up.