Caballero helping to mentor Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu

Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero insists it is part of his job to help mentor youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu.

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At 37, Caballero has been one of the most experienced players in the Blues squad in his first two seasons at the club, and that is set to continue. 

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Argentine had put pen to paper on a contract extension which will see him at the Blues for at least the 2019/20 campaign.

Last season saw some controversial moments between the goalkeepers, with Kepa Arrizabalaga refusing to come off in the Carabao up final against Manchester City for Caballero.

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper was then dropped from the starting XI in the crucial Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur as punishment, before regaining his place for the Fulham in the following days.


However, Caballero insists that he is happy to continue to be back-up to Kepa for next season, but that he still has a desire to play more.

“My role as a second goalkeeper is to create a good atmosphere training with Kepa because he has to play every single game,” Caballero told the official club website.

“I try to help achieve the best level of Kepa, but also my best level to be ready in case anything happens. Also because I want to play, I don’t want to be on the bench.

“I am in a good team but as you know the Premier League is so complicated, played at such a high level, that to be ready for every game we must have great competition during the week.”

But his experience is not just being used on the goalkeepers, but he states he is ready to help the young outfield players just as much.


“As an experienced player I have to do a little bit more inside the changing room,” he added. “The season is very long and when bad moments appear we have to appear too to help the team to be focused on the next game, or to help the young players be ready.

“I am not talking about just me, I’m talking about all the experienced players we have in the changing room. We help a lot Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu and the other young players.”

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