The Spanish shot-stopper is eager to move back to the club he started his profession at and only left with a really heavy heart
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga claims he would like to return to Athletic Club one day but is not confident when or how such a move could come about.
The Spain international left the Basque club in 2018 to join Chelsea, which ended a 14-year spell with the side he joined the youth ranks of at age nine.
Kepa, 25, commanded a record transfer charge for a goalkeeper at the time, and has considering that develop into very first decision goalkeeper for each Chelsea and Spain, but admits a return to the Rojiblancos is a possibility.
“Of course I would like to return to Athletic,” Kepa told Spanish football show El Chiringuito.
“I do not know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic of course I’d like that. I have good memories.”
The Chelsea stopper also reflected on the heavy speculation that saw him come close to joining True Madrid in January 2018.
Kepa ultimately re-signed with Bilbao in that window with the intention of staying at the club, prior to departing to Chelsea the following summer time.
“For numerous months my grandma saw much more of me in the newspapers than in the flesh,” he stated.
“There was a lot of speak about me. I was also injured for a whilst so it wasn’t a fantastic moment for me. My contract was due to expire and from January onwards I was capable to begin speaking to other clubs.
“I couldn’t see myself joining [another] club. I ended up renewing my contract with the concept of staying, but six months later I left. That was the only contraction.”
Aside from a dramatic confrontation with Maurizio Sarri final season, Kepa has settled effectively at Stamford Bridge and played a important portion in Chelsea’s Europa League good results final season.
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The Spanish shot-stopper has been backed to continue shining with the Blues for a extended time to come if he can keep improving.
“At 25, Kepa is really young in goalkeeping terms,” Mark Schwarzer recently told The Athletic.
“He has a extended way to go. He could be there for the subsequent 15 years effortlessly – if he stays match and continues to get far better and far better.”