Chelsea’s current record signing and new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed that the Spanish contingent at the club convinced him to join.
The 23-year-old has also expressed hops that his Spanish teammates will help him ease to life in the Premier League.
The Spaniard arrived at Stamford Bridge in a world record fee for a goalkeeper at 80 million from Spanish Basque outfit Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
“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 said.
He has five compatriots in Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, and Marcos Alonso.
“They’re all happy, comfortable at the club and encouraged me to make the move and have an international experience, and it’s something I felt like doing,” Arrizabalaga added.
Kepa might make his competitive debut for Chelsea in the Premier League when they face Huddersfield Town on Saturday.