New Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined the Blues on a world-record move from Athletic Bilbao, putting the pen to paper on a seven-year-deal with the Premier League side last night.
The Spaniard’s first interview as a Chelsea player was unveiled earlier this morning.
Kepa told the club’s official website: “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,”
“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”
He added: “It has been a tough decision for me, for my personal life a very important choice. Everything attracted me to sign for Chelsea, all the titles, the players, the city the Premier League. I followed the championship since I was child. I like the way of the football here, how much they respect the game, the supporters, the speed of the league and all the players here. It will be great to be one of the players in that league”.
The 23-year-old also labelled both Iker Casillas and Daniel Aranzubia as his favorite goalkeepers.
About Chelsea players: “I know all the players, they are familiar but I know personally all the Spaniish players. I have spoken to various players before I came here and I had excellent references from Morata Azpilicueta and Pedro. There are important players like Kante, Hazard, World Cup champion Giroud, Chelsea are a squad full of fantastic players”.
“I don’t really like describing myself, I prefers let others do it for me. I would say I am a calm and settled goalkeeper who tries to convey his calmness to the team. It’s very important that the team feel they have behind a keeper that is feeling in total control”.
On newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri: “I am looking forward to start working with him, looking forward the first training session together tomorrow. I have heard great things and references about Sarri, I can’t wait to see that first hand. I think his style is not too different from the style used in the Spanish national team or in many other national teams. I believe my qualities will fit. I personally like his style of football: it’s aggressive, he likes to attack putting pressure on the opposition and I like that”.
“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club. This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”
Kepa also sent a message to Chelsea fans: “I am looking forward and really excited to start playing for the club. We have a very exciting season ahead so let’s go for it. I ve come prepared: let’s see what we can achieve together”.