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Tuchel discusses Kepa’s future, thanks fans for his new banner and assesses James’s potential

With the season now days away from its domestic conclusion, Thomas Tuchel’s attention has started to turn towards the future and what his squad might look like at the start of the next campaign.

Following Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, the Blues have all but secured a top-three finish in the Premier League courtesy of our vastly superior goal difference over fourth-placed Tottenham. We host Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with little more than pride on the line and a desire to sign off in style ahead of the summer break.

While our change of ownership has left Tuchel hamstrung in making early transfer plans, the Chelsea head coach clearly has ideas about which players might depart and arrive in west London over the coming months.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future remains the subject of speculation at the end of a season in which the 27-year-old has made four league appearances and Tuchel acknowledges that the Spaniard has been frustrated at his lack of game time, even if Edouard Mendy has performed impressively as our first choice between the sticks.

‘It depends what he wants and what his plans are,’ said the boss on Kepa’s future, speaking during his final pre-match press conference of the season.

‘I know that we are very privileged to have Edou and Kepa in our squad but I also know for sure that Kepa is not happy about the situation because he deserved to play more and he can be a very strong number one. He arrived as a number one so the situation is not easy. He has been a fantastic team player since day one and never let anybody down.

‘We did not have a conversation yet but I know that the goalkeeper coaches have these conversations at the moment and then we will take our time to speak with him and reflect on what’s best and what the possibilities are. As a coach, of course I’m super happy to have both strong goalkeepers so let’s see.

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