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Kepa Arrizabalaga explains his refusal of Maurizio Sarri's substitution in Carabao Cup final

Kepa Arrizabalaga took the opportunity to explain his actions after he appeared to refuse to be substituted during Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

The goalkeeper had twice received treatment towards the end of the game, with substitute Willy Caballero primed to take his place in goal for the closing stages and penalty shootout.

However, when seeing his number appear on the fourth official’s board, Kepa refused to leave the field as he felt he was able to continue.

Maurizio Sarri earlier explained the misunderstanding in his post-match press conference, and Kepa gave further clarification shortly afterwards.

‘First of all, I have to say it was misunderstood,’ said the goalkeeper. ‘In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss. Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue. It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.

‘This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [hamstring] it wasn’t that. And, well, it was misunderstood. Because he thought I couldn’t continue, and - fundamentally - I was trying to say that physically I was fine.

‘I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image. I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood. I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine.

‘I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world. We were close to winning, obviously we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this, because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams. Among the negatives, we have to take the positives.’

Read: Report - Carabao Cup final

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