Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to join Chelsea in a record breaking deal, and here is all you need to know about him.
“The scrutiny on him is hard, is difficult, but that’s the price of being who he is and is also the price of his price.
“I am pretty sure that next summer some players with only half his quality probably will cost the same money or more, so I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny.”
Those were the words of Jose Mourinho in 2017, when asked about Pogba’s price tag. Well, he has been justified.
We have since seen the price of players skyrocket.
In an inflated market, a £71m move for Kepa Arrizabalaga is a smart decision for Chelsea.
Personal details and profile of Kepa Arrizabalaga
Full Name: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Date of Birth: 3 October 1994
Kepa Arrizabalaga Biography – Club Career
Born in Ondarroa, Biscay, Basque Country, Arrizabalaga joined Athletic Bilbao’s youth setup at Lezama in 2004, aged ten. He made his senior debut with the farm team in January 2012, in Tercera División.
On 5 May 2012, Arrizabalaga was called up to the main squad for a La Liga match against Getafe CF, but remained unused in the 0–0 draw at the San Mamés Stadium.
He made his debut for the B-side on 16 February 2013, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win over UD Logroñés for the Segunda División B championship.
Arrizabalaga appeared regularly for the B’s before he was loaned to Segunda División’s SD Ponferradina until June.
He finally made his professional debut on the 11th, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander.
On 20 July 2015, Arrizabalaga moved to Real Valladolid also in the second tier, in a season-long loan deal, where he played his first competitive game.
The loan deal served him well when he returned to Atheltic Bilbao in 2016 and became their first-choice goalkeeper in Ernesto Valverde’s final year in charge. The current Barcelona coach awarded him his debut in La Liga away to Deportivo La Coruna and was soon praising his “great maturity” in the role.
“He has some things that he knows he has to improve,” said Valverde later that season, after Kepa had helped Athletic qualify for Europe. “But he is a goalkeeper with good reflexes, a great presence and a great confidence that he transmits to others.” In November 2017, he duly made his senior debut for Spain in a 5-0 win over Costa Rica.
On 22 January 2018, amidst heavy transfer speculation linking him to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga renewed his contract – due to expire in June – until 2025.
In the early hours of August 8, 2018, news circulated in the media that Kepa was set to join Chelsea after the English side activated his release clause.
Kepa Arrizabalaga Biography – Statistics
Kepa Arrizabalaga is an impressive shot-stopper. Not only did he save two of the three penalties that he faced in La Liga last season but he produced 64 saves from inside the penalty area.
While he is also impressive with the ball at his feet, Kepa will still need to adjust to the passing style of play that Sarri prefers. At Athletic, he made more accurate long balls – 368 – than any other goalkeeper in La Liga last season but there will be a greater emphasis on the short stuff at Chelsea where he must build from the back.
Kepa Arrizabalaga Biography – Net Worth and Salary in Chelsea
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s net worth and salary is yet to be made public.
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