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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is currently the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after sealing a £72m move to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao.
The 24-year-old Spaniard has improved massively since joining Chelsea, and is currently among the best goalkeepers in the world.
In the national team setup, Kepa had played second fiddle to Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, but the Blues number one has overtaken De Gea as Spain’s first choice goalkeeper.
While Kepa has been growing strong in confidence, De Gea has been struggling since last season for club and even at the World Cup and was again at fault for Patrick van Aahnholt’s winning goal last month as Crystal Palace recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1989.
Kepa has started Spain’s last four competitive games and he admits he feels the confidence of Spain boss Moreno, and produced a stunning late save to earn Spain a crucial Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Romania on Thursday night.
Kepa was asked about his rivalry with De Gea and how the Manchester United goalkeeper is reacting to it, but he revealed that the atmosphere is calm.
“Whoever plays is the coach’s decision, we always train with three goalkeepers and the atmosphere is very good,” said the Blues number one.
Spain’s coach Robert Moreno has also admitted it’s Kepa’s turn to shine.
“It was Kepa’s turn, we thought he was the right one for this game,” Moreno said.
“I’m very happy with him. He stood out because he saved us from a draw. We are very happy that he was able to help us in the end, just as each player does his job.”
Kepa has now won all seven games he has played for Spain, and he has started their last four competitive matches.