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Following Thibaut Courtois’ departure to Real Madrid, Chelsea triggered the release clause of Kepa Arrizabalaga in a £72m deal that made the Spaniard become the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
Kepa has shown that he has the potential to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but has so far had a mixed season at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa has now revealed the outcome of his discussion he had with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea before signing for Chelsea.
“I spoke with De Gea many times in the national team,” Kepa told the Daily Mail.
“That’s what I’ve noticed the most. It’s more physical, the referees let a lot more go and allow a lot more contact here.
“Before I came here I would have my routine work out in the gym and a plan I followed. I’ve not had to change it greatly.”
Kepa, who has been in goal for most part of the Europa League season for Chelsea will be aiming to win a trophy in his first season as a Chelsea player.
The 24-year-old has revealed that the team’s target is to win the Europa League and also make top four.
“That is our target,” Kepa said. “To finish in the top four, reach the Europa League final and win a trophy.
“We know it’s not easy but that would be a good first season.
“It’s been great. It is a change, everything’s different, a new country, a new league, a new team but it has given me a step forward in my career and that’s why I have committed to Chelsea.
“I am really happy with how things have started. I am trying to adapt and that is something I must continue to do.”