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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes Kepa Arrizabalaga could easily be Chelsea’s first-choice shot-stopper for the next 15 years as long as the Spain international continues to stay fit and improve at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, joined Chelsea last season from Athletic Bilbao in Spain.
“I think Kepa has grown, but it’s a massive step up from Athletic Bilbao,” Schwarzer told The Athletic.
“There is always that added attention. Chelsea over the years have had top, top keepers. Following [Petr] Cech and [Thibaut] Courtois is no easy feat for anyone.
“It’s hard for anyone to compare with someone like Cech, who won every [club] trophy there is to win. We can only really do that with Kepa 10 years down the line. With Thibaut, he was there for a shorter amount of time. I was a big fan of his, but longevity is huge so Petr stands alone.
“At 25, Kepa is very young in goalkeeping terms. He has a long way to go. He could be there for the next 15 years easily – if he stays fit and continues to get better and better.”