Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed he received advice from Manchester United’s David De Gea prior to moving to the Premier League, speaking to Sky Sports.
The Spain international was signed by the Blues from Athletic Bilbao in the summer for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper and has since featured in every minute of Chelsea’s Premier League and Europa League campaign.
24-year-old Kepa, called up by Spain for this month’s clashes with Wales and England, has now revealed he spoke to compatriot David de Gea for advice prior to moving to Stamford Bridge.
“Every player settles into a new league in different ways. 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 will face off against his international colleague in two weeks time as Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.