‘Fellow Spaniards at Chelsea convinced me to join club’ – Kepa

Goalkeeper-Kepa-Arrizabalaga
Goalkeeper-Kepa-Arrizabalaga

London   –    Chelsea’s Spanish contingent played a big role in convincing to join the side and the 23-year-old believes they can help him ease into life in the Premier League.

Arrizabalaga arrived at the club for a world record fee for a goalkeeper of 80 million euros (71.89 million pounds) from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.

He replaces Thibaut Courtois, who joined Real Madrid this week.

“I know some players in the current team from the .

“All of them have told me what it’s like to play here and I have had excellent references from them about the game here,’’ Arrizabalaga told the club website.

Arrizabalaga has five compatriots in the Chelsea squad in , , Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas.

“They’re all happy, comfortable at the club and encouraged me to make the move, have an and it’s something I felt like doing,’’Arrizabalaga added.

He is likely to make his debut in Chelsea’s league opener at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.




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