Kepa Admits Coming To Chelsea Has Helped His Career

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Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a fee of £71m – the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper surpassing Alisson’s £66.8m move to Liverpool.

Kepa’s deal is also a club record transfer as the 23-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge after a release clause in his contract was met by the Blues.

There were obviously a lot of flaws in his game when kepa signed for Chelsea, but the Spaniard who’s in just his second year at the club has improved tremendously and has even ousted David De Gea as Spain number one goalkeeper.

Kepa has now admitted that moving to the Premier League and Chelsea has helped his game.

“I have matured as a person and as a goalkeeper,” he said. “I have become accustomed to playing in a different way.

“I’m now seeing more physical opponents, also of great quality, and I keep developing because I’m young.”

Kepa has also revealed that his goal is to keep getting more game time for the Spain national team.

“My goal is to play,” he said at Friday’s pre-match news conference. “All players want to be in the starting XI. I am obviously confident and want to help the team.

“If I am one of the eleven chosen, my goal is to win a match and that will not be easy against Norway.

“I feel good and I’m confident. It is true that I barely participated at the World Cup and now I’m able to help the team more.”

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