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Kepa Arrizabalaga resigned to NEVER playing for Chelsea again with Willy Caballero set to face Arsenal in FA Cup

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KEPA ARRIZABALAGA fears he has played his last game for Chelsea.

The troubled keeper expects to be left out of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal and Willy Caballero, 38, to get the nod.

Kepa was dropped for the final day as Willy Caballero came in

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Kepa was dropped for the final day as Willy Caballero came inCredit: Andy Hooper

And the £71.6million club-record signing is convinced he will not win his place back for the last-16 Champions League tie at Bayern Munich a week later.

With Chelsea trailing 3-0 from the first leg, it looks likely to be  their final game of the season.

Kepa, 25, is resigned to his fate of being offloaded by boss Frank Lampard in the transfer window.

Chelsea have been linked with some of Europe’s top No 1s  throughout a miserable campaign for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Burnley’s Nick Pope and even Bayern’s Manuel Neuer  were all touted as possible replacements.

Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Burki was another  considered until  he signed a new contract with the Bundesliga club.

Willy Caballero kept a clean sheet in the huge win over Wolves

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Willy Caballero kept a clean sheet in the huge win over WolvesCredit: Reuters


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Kepa was axed for the Blues’ final Prem game  against Wolves last Sunday  and Caballero kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

It was seen as punishment for the five goals  he conceded four days earlier, when Chelsea lost 5-3  at  champs Liverpool.

Kepa believes he is being made a scapegoat for the team’s wider problems in Lampard’s first year as head coach.

There have also been significant reshuffles in the backline and tactical rejigs in an attempt to plug a  leaky defence.

Former Athletic Bilbao ace Kepa was dropped for five games in March but reclaimed his spot and saved three points in a vital win at Crystal Palace earlier this month with a sensational late save.

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But the downcast star is now ready to accept his fate, even though he is only two years into a massive  seven-year contract.

The high price Chelsea paid for him in 2018 would put off all but the world’s top teams. 

SunSport revealed last Sunday how Kepa  is willing to accept a cut on his £150,000-a-week wages to end his Blues’ misery, if the right ‘project’ comes along.

Andy Jacobs is no fan of Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa who he thinks is the worst in English football

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Triathlete stops on finish line to let rival beat him after he heads wrong way in stunning act of sportsmanship

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SPANISH athlete Diego Mentrida surrendered his spot on the podium as he allowed James Teagle to pass him on the finish line at the Santander Triathlon.

In one of the most stunning acts of sportsmanship, Mentrida spotted Teagle taking a wrong turn near the end of the race in Spain.

James Teagle took a wrong turn on the final corner of the Santander Triahtlon

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James Teagle took a wrong turn on the final corner of the Santander TriahtlonCredit: Twitter / @GoodNewsCorres1
Brit star Teagle ended up inside a fenced off area when he was in third place

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Brit star Teagle ended up inside a fenced off area when he was in third placeCredit: Twitter / @GoodNewsCorres1
Diego Mentrida waited for Teagle at the finish to let him go back in front

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Diego Mentrida waited for Teagle at the finish to let him go back in frontCredit: Twitter / @GoodNewsCorres1

Teagle ran towards a group of spectators inside a fenced off area on the last corner, but the 21-year-old was quick to spot his mistake.

He then stopped just short of the finish line to allow Teagle to come home in third place – much to the shock of the Brit star who shook his hand in disbelief.

Speaking to Eurosport after the race, Mentrida stated that it wouldn’t have been fair of him to finish in front of Teagle.

He said: “When I saw that he had missed the route, I just stopped.

“James deserved this medal. He didn’t notice the signs or they were misaligned.

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“I do not know, but the second time I would have acted the same.”

The sporting world was quick to praise Mentrida, as Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian tweeted: “The real values of SPORT in a single gesture.

“James Teagle got confused on the last corner and was passed by Diego Mentrida who did this… #Respect#FairPlay.”

Another commented: “That is sportsmanship personified.”

A third added: “You could argue that the British runner should’ve known the course as a professional.

Teagle shook Mentrida's hand in disbelief at his classy act of sportsmanship

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Teagle shook Mentrida’s hand in disbelief at his classy act of sportsmanshipCredit: Twitter / @GoodNewsCorres1
Teagle finished the race on the podium after coming home in third

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Teagle finished the race on the podium after coming home in thirdCredit: Twitter / @GoodNewsCorres1

“But that’s moot. This is sportsmanship, its about doing the right thing when you don’t have to.”

One simply stated: “Fourth in place, first in life. My kind of human right there.”

Meanwhile another quipped: “Now, that’s a dude I’d want my daughter marrying. Honorable man before competitor.”

Noah Lyles thought he destroyed Usain Bolt’s 200m record before discovering he only ran 185m in the wrong lane

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Southampton vs Tottenham LIVE: Stream free, TV channel, score and teams – Kane’s brilliant scissor kick ruled out by VAR

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BLOG SOUTHAMTON VS SPURS LIVE 1

IT’S the Gareth Bale derby as Tottenham take on the club that gave their returning hero his start in English football.

However new signing Bale will have a watching brief today as he has not been registered in time for this game and reports in Spain say he could be out for up to a month through injury.

  • Southampton vs Tottenham kicks off at 12pm today.
  • Southampton vs Tottenham will be shown on BT Sport 1.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website of app.
  • If you’re an EE customer, you can get a FREE three-month trial of the BT Sport app by texting SPORT to 150.
  • Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Djenepo, Ings, Adams
  • Tottenham XI: Lloris, Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Ndombele, Lucas, Son, Kane.

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12pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Dan James to Leeds EXCLUSIVE, Jadon Sancho deal expected, Romero to Valencia

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DONNY’S DISAPPOINTED

Donny Van de Beek reckons United’s performance was “not good enough” following the team’s 3-1 surprise loss to Crystal.

The Old Trafford debutant scored his side’s only goal in his first Premier League game for the Red Devils.

The former Ajax came off the bench to net for United in the 67th minute.

Van de Beek told MUTV: “‘That was not good enough today. Last week in training, it looked really good.

“There was lots of quality and we played fast but today we played too slowly.”

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