He will be arrange for official unveiling at Stamford Bridge, but it was new Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga who got his answer if he was in any doubt over the weight of expectation that now rests on his young shoulders. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa join the Blues with a transfer fees of £71.6m this season.
Chelsea do not generally unveil their new players, but they no longer break world record transfer fees either and it was impossible for Kepa to put that particular subject to bed.
He said the right things, speaking in Spanish through a translator, when asked about the eye-popping fee and appeared calm and composed while being asked to keep returning to the issue.
Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. It is a huge decision to sign a 23-year-old with only one cap for Spain to his name. But in an inflated market, this was arguably a necessary move to avoid an alarming dip in quality.
Kepa will certainly need to be just as assured on the pitch, where, through no fault of his own, he will be scrutinized over whether or not he is worth the £71.6million, it took to activate his Athletic Bilbao buy out clause over twice what Courtois, who was in the final year of his Chelsea contract, cost Real.
The move for Kepa to replace Courtois has delighted Chelsea fans, who had feared their club had stopped competing at the top end of the transfer market, starting the new season with Kepa is a thing of joy to the Chelsea fans and hopefully this time we are to set thing right and go for glory.