READ WHAT KEPA HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS EXTRAORDINARY TRANSFER FEE

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Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga during the summer for a world record fee of £72m with the Spaniard making the move from Athletic Bilbao.

Chelsea triggered Arrizabalaga’s release clause after failed bids for the young Spaniard, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

As at when Chelsea signed Kepa, the 24-year-old had only made 54 La Liga appearances in total, as well as some appearances in Spain’s lower divisions.

Compared to his keeping pedigree, Kepa’s transfer fee seems to be extraordinary, but Chelsea needed a goalkeeper desperately to replace the Real Madrid bound Thibaut Courtois.

However, despite the high transfer fee, the Spaniard insists he’s focusing on his football rather than what the Blues paid to bring him to the Bridge.

“Obviously the price was very high – £71m is a lot of money,” Arrizabalaga told Sky Sports News.

“I’m aware of this but given the transfer market situation and how things are going, it is normal so I don’t need to focus on the value of the transfer.

“I do need to focus on playing my football and what’s happening on the pitch rather than off it. I want to be myself and not think about it.

“I’m here now playing for Chelsea. I chose to leave my home at Athletic Bilbao and it was an important step in my career.”

Kepa has conceded 16 goals in 19 league games for the Blues this season, and the 24-year-old will be hoping to keep a clean sheet in this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea’s Premier League title fight took a blow with December defeats to Wolves and Crystal Palace, and the Blues are currently 11 points behind Liverpool in the title race.

Chelsea seem to be focused on cementing a top four place, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to write off Chelsea’s title chances despite the Blues being 11 points behind Liverpool.

“We had no idea about the Manchester City result until after the game,” Klopp said.

“We play City soon – if I was them I would think there is only four points because we still have to play them, then we play Arsenal before then as well.

“The only thing that matters to us is the performance and keeping that level of performance.

“It’s good but that’s all. Tottenham are flying – they had a difficult summer but they are doing brilliant.

“We are on a good run as well. Chelsea will win, Arsenal will win, it will be a race until the final day.

“But we are in it and that’s important.

“We’re just creating a basis for the rest of the season and the basis after the first part of the season is obviously a good one.”

Liverpool play Arsenal and Manchester City in their next two league games, and those games could blow open the title race.

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