Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Reveals ADVICE Man Utd Star David De Gea Gave Him

Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper last summer when he signed in a £72million deal from Athletic Bilbao.

During his first season at the club, he has played a staggering 51 times, involving all-but-one of the Blues’ Premier League ties.

Having replaced Thibaut Courtois, Arrizabalaga became an instant fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, and has looked worth the lofty price tag.

Kepa revealed that he had a conversation with fellow Spaniard David De Gea about life in the Premier League.

During De Gea’s first few years at Manchester United, he struggled to adapt and some fans grew tired of the star, but he has since grown to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

And Chelsea youngster Arrizabalaga explained that they spoke about dealing with pressure and how to cope in the Premier League.

“I spoke with De Gea many times in the national team,” he revealed. “He told me the first season in England for him was difficult in every aspect, that’s always quite tough.

“Change always takes a bit of time and effort. Change is always difficult. The style of football in the league is different to the football played in Spain.

“That’s what I’ve noticed the most. It’s more physical, the referees let a lot more go and allow a lot more contact here.

“Before I came here I would have my routine work out in the gym and a plan I followed. I’ve not had to change it greatly.”

His debut year in England hasn’t been without controversy, however.

Despite an impressive 13 clean sheets, his season was marred by an incident during the Carabao Cup final.

Arrizabalaga appeared to be suffering from a cramp in the final few minutes of extra time, with the game destined for penalties, when Maurizio Sarri wanted to take him off for Willy Caballero.

Keep refused to be taken off, and Sarri stormed down the tunnel at Wembley before returning moments later.

And Arrizabalaga insists that he has learned from the mistake.

“I accepted what the manager said and the club fine and I realised I wouldn’t play the next game,” he continued. “I was right behind Willy and supported him and the team as much as I could.

“Of course, that was the only thing I could do. It was something I did in the heat of the moment. It’s something I am not very proud of.”

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