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Fellow Spaniards at Chelsea convinced me to join club – Kepa

Chelsea’s Spanish contingent played a big role in convincing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to join the side and the 23-year-old believes they can help him ease into life in the Premier League.

Arrizabalaga arrived at the club for a world record fee for a goalkeeper of 80 million euros (71.89 million pounds) from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.

He replaces Thibaut Courtois, who joined Real Madrid this week.

“I know some players in the current team from the Spanish national side.

“All of them have told me what it’s like to play here and I have had excellent references from them about the game here,’’ Arrizabalaga told the club website.

Arrizabalaga has five compatriots in the Chelsea squad in Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas.

“They’re all happy, comfortable at the club and encouraged me to make the move, have an international experience and it’s something I felt like doing,’’Arrizabalaga added.

He is likely to make his debut in Chelsea’s league opener at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. (Reuters/NAN)

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.