Chelsea seal record deal for Spanish Goalkeeper

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Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga from Atletico Bilbao in a world transfer record deal for a goalkeeper worth 71.6m.

Kepa who was a part of Spain’s summer world cup squad told Chelsea’s club webside “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,”


Kepa Arrizabalaga was named in Spain' World Cup squad


“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 featured 30 times for Athletic in La Liga last season, keeping seven clean sheets, with his form earning him a call-up to Spain’s World Cup squad after making his national team debut last November.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival.

Kepa Arrizabalaga featured 30 times for Athletic Bilbao last season, keeping seven clean sheets


“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.”