CABALLERO: KEPA’S TRANSFER FEE IS CRAZY BUT…

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga joined the club in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee of £72 million, a world record for a goalkeeper.

Kepa has shown no signs of needing time to adjust to the Premier League and Chelsea no.2 goalkeeper Willy Caballero has been impressed with how the 24-year-old goalkeeper has adjusted to the Premier League.

Caballero believes the transfer fee for Kepa is crazy but insists the focus shouldn’t be on Kepa’s transfer fee but his performances for Chelsea which has been very good.

“First of all, we needed a goalkeeper who plays really well with his feet,” Caballero told Goal. “He is doing really well with that; he has confidence and a good pass. Long and short.

“As well as that, he has very quick reactions, good hands and he is doing well. I thought he might need a few weeks and months because adaptation to the Premier League sometimes needs a little bit of time but from the first game, he has been doing really well.

“I think that football has gone crazy in the last three or four years. When we talk about a player for the money that we spent, in this market, I think it is a little bit crazy. We shouldn’t talk about money, we have to talk about his performances and I think his performances have been really good.”

Kepa was known to have played in midfield during his early days at Athletic Club, which helped his ball-playing skills.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri recently admitted Kepa has improved since joining Chelsea and believes the 24-year-old goalkeeper has the potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

“It’s different [in England]. So, it’s not easy for a young Spanish goalkeeper to adapt himself to this championship,” Sarri said last month. “But he improved very fast. He will be one of the best goalkeepers in Europe in the future.”

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