Chelsea’s latest signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has finally opened up on his move to the Stamford Bridge and has talked about what tempted him to made this move.
Alisson Becker’s coke of world’s expensive goalkeeper didn’t last for a long as the Blues broke the record and landed Atheltic Bilbao’s young man at goal Kepa Arrizbalaga in a deal rising to the extent of around £71 million.
The Spanish keeper replaced Belgian international Thibaut Courtois who was sold to Real Madrid after pleading to be reunited with his family and his prolonged and tedious transfer saga finally came to an end.
Kepa Arrizbalaga believes his integration into the Premier League will be helped by the fact that he has five compatriots in the Chelsea squad. Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Marcus Alonso and Alvaro Morata, all the Spanish stars are available in the Blues squad and this has created an appropriate atmosphere for the new keeper.
“Of course I know some of the players in the current team from the Spanish national side, even at the World Cup. All of them have told me what it’s like to play here and I’ve had excellent references from them about the game here. They are all very happy, very comfortable at the club and they all encouraged me to make the move and have an international experience, and it’s something I felt like doing.”
“At the end of the day I think some players take more time to adapt, others take less, everybody is different. I just hope I can adjust and adapt as soon as possible but we’re all different. It’s true the English game is different but I have a lot of friends, other Spanish players, already playing in the English Premier League and they’ve given me fantastic references about playing here. I’m really happy to be here and looking forward to joining them.”
Chelsea’s transfer business took far from a good start but Maurizio Sarri’s arrival became a turning point. Kepa Arrizbalaga signing is like a statement from the club who has an immense potential to lead Chelsea after the exit of Thibaut Courtois.