Date: 2nd April 2024 at 6:39pm
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Chelsea will hope to return to winning ways when they face Manchester United on Thursday evening. 

The Blues were held to a dismal 2-2 draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, despite Vincent Kompany and Lorenz Assignon both being sent off before half-time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had gone ahead in the capital through Cole Palmer’s penalty, for which Assignon was dismissed, quickly followed by his manager.

Josh Cullen then drew the visitors level with a stunning strike, before Palmer restored Chelsea’s advantage.

Clarets defender Dara O’Shea rescued a valuable point for Kompany’s side, though, much to the frustration of Pochettino.

Off the pitch, it appears that one of the most expensive players in Chelsea’s history is set to return to the club this summer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to return to Stamford Bridge when his loan spell at Real Madrid ends this summer.

Kepa faces an uncertain future

The Spaniard moved to the La Liga side on loan last summer, but has since struggled in the Spanish capital.

In total, the 29-year-old has kept just seven clean sheets in 18 appearances across all competitions.

Romano claims that the Spain international will return to Chelsea when his loan spell expires this summer, with a decision on his future to be made then.

Kepa became the most expensive ‘keeper in football history when he joined the Blues from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, for a fee of around £72 million.

He struggled in London, though, making a number of high profile mistakes, before eventually losing his starting spot to Edouard Mendy.

The Spaniard did regain his status as number one during the second half of last season, but was then allowed to join Real on loan during last summer’s transfer window.

He has played 163 times for Chelsea in total.

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