KEPA REVEALS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND SPANISH LEAGUE

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After losing Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a world record fee for a goalkeeper worth £72 million.

Kepa has had a good start to his Chelsea career and has conceded five goals in eight league games.

Kepa who turned 24 on October 3 has revealed that there is a difference between the Premier League and the Spanish league.

He told the official Chelsea website: “The style of play is different, the person training me is different, everything is different and new. But all in all, so far I feel very happy.

“I think I’m adapting very well to being in the team, which is the most important thing, and I’m really looking forward to spending a long time in the Premier League with Chelsea.”

Kepa had previously revealed that his international teammate and Manchester United goalie David De Gea helped him settle at the club after moving from Spain.

“Every player settles into a new league in different ways,” Kepa said.

“David is a team-mate with the national team and we get on really well. When I signed for Chelsea, he gave me some advice, telling me a bit about how it was for him when he came here.

“Of course, he has been here for years now and is playing at a fantastic level. We were at the World Cup together and had a good chat about the differences between Spanish and English football.

“It’s a good thing to interact with a top goalkeeper who has so much experience in the Premier League.

“You need a little time, the usual sort of time it takes to get to know your team-mates and the league itself, but it’s all good generally, I’m very happy.”

Kepa rose through the ranks at Bilbao and he told the official Chelsea website what it was like to leave Bilbao.

He said: “But I felt moving to Chelsea was an important step in my career so that’s why I wanted to do it, but of course I will always be grateful to Athletic Bilbao for all the years I spent with them, and for all they’ve given me.”

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