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Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea last summer as he became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, as Chelsea triggered his release clause to sign him from Athletic Bilbao.
Just ten months into his first season at the club, the 24-year-old has already won the Europa League, and he was a big part of Chelsea’s success in the competition.
Kepa kept seven clean sheets in the Europa League as Chelsea went on to win the competition, and the Spaniard is thrilled at winning the Europa League.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won this trophy, one that we have been training hard for since the very start of the season,” Kepa said.
“We went into the competition hoping to win it, and our objective became clearer and clearer with every round. We always saw this as a fantastic opportunity for us – a European title is a European title – and I think it has been the perfect conclusion to a season that we had already finished strongly.”
Kepa also revealed that he’s proud of what the team achieved this season and he’s looking forward to next season.
He said: “At the end of the day, we reached two cup finals and came third in the league. All we can do each year is fight to perform as well as we can in all the competitions we’re in, and we have shown our ability to do that.
‘It’s true that we finished further than we would have liked behind the top two, but despite the ups and downs, I think it has been a good season for us and we are already looking forward to the next one.”