Frank Lampard Wants Shay Given as Chelsea Goalkeeper Coach to Improve Kepa
Despite obvious quality and long-term potential, 25-year-old Kepa has struggled to justify the £72m world record fee that took him to Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
Lampard worked with Given at Derby County last season, but while the newChelsea boss took assistants Jody Morris and Chris Jones with him to Stamford Bridge, Given stayed behind and still remains at the Rams as part of Phillip Cocu’s coaching staff.
According to the Daily Mail, Lampard had wanted the former Republic of Ireland international to join him at Chelsea with the other backroom members in summer, but there was apparently resistance from the club hierarchy, who wanted ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Henrique Hilario to fill the void created when Maurizio Sarri and his coaches left as the Blues wanted ‘continuity’.
This season, Kepa has been working with Hilario, who spent eight years with Chelsea as a player and was later part of Antonio Conte’s coaching staff after retirement.