New Chelsea goalkeeper reveals what attracted him to Stamford Bridge
Chelsea has signed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. Kepa says a combination of things helped him choose the club with ease.
Kepa has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge and is expected to take the position that has been left by Thibaut Courtois who has joined join Real Madrid.
The 23-year old made 100 career appearances of which 50 is in the league with Bilbao. He was also part of Spanish national team in Russia after being called up by Julen Lopetegui following his impressive performances.
"It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life. So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well." Kepa said after signing the long-term contract.
Chelsea's Director Marina Granovskaia welcomed the young shot-stopper saying the club is happy to sign him.
"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival. He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years. His long-term contract reflects the belief we have in him and we look ahead to the coming seasons with an enormous sense of optimism." Martina said.
Kepa was loaned to SD Ponferradina in the Spanish second division in January 2015 with a debut against Racing Santander. He was a regular member of the team keeping seven clean sheets in the process as the team missed out on the playoffs by just one point.