Kepa Arrizabalaga has been unveiled as Chelsea‘s new goalkeeper earlier this afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
Will he be wearing the N°1 shirt? The 23-year-old, speaking at a press conference, told journalists: “First of all, hello. I am incredibly happy to be here It is a great challenge for me and a great step forward for my career. It is brave for the club to take me on. I don’t think about the price, just be myself and do the best I can for the club”.
“I came back from holiday on the 23rd and a few days into training I new the interest. There had been prior offers from Chelsea, but Athletic Bilbao don’t usually care about the interest. But I had known about the interest for a while”
“I think some players take more time, others less. Everyone is different. I hope I can adjust as soon as possible. The game is different, but I know other Spanish players in the Premier League and they have given me fantastic references about playing here”.
“This is an experience and all experiences all make you better. It is a great step forward for me and in my personal life. I knew some of the players of Chelsea because I have played with them in Spain and at the World Cup in Russia. They all told me what it is like and I have had excellent references from them. They encouraged me to make the move”.
“I don’t think there will be additional pressure, just the one I put on myself. I demand a lot from myself. I don’t really think about it, Chelsea have made a great bet on taking me in and I am really happy to be here. I will do everything to pay the trust they have put in me”.
“I think I will be able to adapt to Maurizio Sarri‘s style of football. His style and ideas are attractive to me, and I had references from Pepe Reina who said great things about him. It won’t be too difficult, I expect to achieve a great growth, personally and collective and hope to win many titles and when I look back if I can be proud”.
“When I signed a new contract with Athletic I was not scared about the clause, of course I was thinking about the contract. I agreed with it and I started to become popular and there was talk about me, which made me very proud. In January I was coming to the end of the contract. There were negotiations [with Real Madrid] but I thought at the time I was happy to stay. Now is a new stage for me and I am really happy for that”.
“I would say the market in general has grown up in price a lot in the last few years. It has to do with many things. I agree this is the way to value the goalkeepers. It is great to see fees for strikers, but why not also for goalkeepers?”
“The Golden Glove will be nothing more of the result from the season we will play. We have an exciting one, not only for me and we will go step by step”.