Kepa Arrizabalaga has discussed the possibility of replacing David De Gea as Spain’s number one between the sticks.
Arrizabalaga signed for Chelsea in the summer in a club-record deal. His arrival softened the blow of Thibaut Courtois’ departure, with the Belgian forcing through a move to Real Madrid.
Kepa has scarcely been tested in his opening four appearances with the Blues, but demonstrated his excellent shot-stopping ability during his time with Athletic Bilbao.
His superb performances for the La Liga outfit earned him his first call-up to the Spanish national team. At 23-years-old, he looks to be a shoe-in to occupy the spot between the sticks for La Roja in the future.
There is a rather sizeable obstacle for Arrizabalaga to hurdle, however. De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, and he’s only 27.
Speaking about the possibility of leapfrogging De Gea, Arrizabalaga told AS that all he can do is work hard and hope that he is favoured by Luis Enrique:
“It is a question for the coach. What I will do is work, although it is clear that we all want to play.”
“The coach will decide the best for the team but in practice I will try to make an effort for the good of the group above all.”
We know who we’d pick…