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Chelsea to put forth a new deal for the Argentine goalkeeper, once the team get enough of home-grown talents.

The blues home-grown trio set to leave in the summer, while new hero could get a contract extension.

Chelsea’s Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero looks set to land himself a new contract with the club so long as they can fulfil their home-grown quota list.

The Blues have been hit by the controversial topic since the goalkeeping situation has been perhaps on everyone’s lips this week. No. 1 stopper and most expensive goalkeeper of all time Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted in last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final shocked the nation, and the Spaniard paid for his dissent with his place against Tottenham on Wednesday.

The man supposed to be between the sticks for the penalty shootout loss was the 37-year old ex-Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero, and having been left scratching his head on the sidelines at Wembley last weekend, he was the one to put on the gloves in midweek against Tottenhem.

This was Argentine’s first Premier League start for the Blues this term, having featured in just a handful of insignificant fixtures in Europe and cup competitions. Many could have been completely forgetting all about the 37-year-old.

But several individuals at the club now feel he has a future in West London, based on his composed reaction to the Kepa incident, appearing to barely shrug his shoulders as Kepa waved away Sarri’s screams at him to leave the pitch.

The 37-year old, who joined the Blues in the summer of 2017 after having been released at the end of his contract with Manchester City, drew praise last weekend for the way in which he coped with the controversy in the Carabao Cup Final.

Chelsea bosses are weighing up an extension of his stay at The Bridge. But the extension relies heavily on how the Blues fill out their squad next season, with several home-grown talents due to leave.

Gary Cahill, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses are all scheduled to leave the club, while third choice goalkeeper Rob Green will also be out of contract.

Chelsea often opt to fill one of their three goalkeeping positions with a home-grown stopper. But the mass departure means they will have to find several more British players to pad out their squad if they are to retain Caballero’s services.

It remains to be seen who will start in goal for Sunday’s game at Fulham, with Sarri admitting the spot was still up for grabs, saying:

“I want to see our last two training sessions. Kepa is our first-choice goalkeeper. But we are very happy for Willy because now we know very well that he’s able to play in a very difficult match.”

Author’s take:

His first ever game for Chelsea ended on a good note. Caballero earned alot of praise for the professionalism he displayed after the Kepa incident, Maurizio Sarri has become even more convinced that his demeanour and experience are valuable attributes to have at the club and thus a 12-month extension will be proposed to him only if The Blues manage to boost their home-grown quota.

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