Cesar Azpilicueta reacts to new Chelsea FC signing

Cesar Azpilicueta is backing Kepa Arrizabalaga to be a big hit at Chelsea FC after his move

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata Photo: Cesar Azpilicueta / Instagram

Cesar Azpilicueta is backing Kepa Arrizabalaga to develop into a quality player for Chelsea FC following his move to Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper joined the west London club last week after the Blues agreed a deal to sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid after months of speculation about the Belgian’s future.

The Spaniard will now be aiming to hold down the number one spot at Stamford Bridge as he bids to try and establish himself quickly in English football.

Azpilicueta knows the shot-stopper well and he feels that it will not be long before he adapts to the rigours of English football.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC’s website, Azpilicueta said: “I know him well.

“He is a very good goalkeeper. He can reach a very high level here in England at Chelsea, and we are obviously happy to have him with us.

“As a person he is a very normal guy, he’s very friendly. He’s very close to his people. On the pitch he is always trying to help.

“He is very communicative and is always talking to the team, and the defence in particular. He is still only 23 and I am sure he will keep growing.

“He is from the Basque area too, quite close to my region. We know each other from the last years in the national team. I have always had a good relationship with him. Our hometowns are quite close and for me to have him here is something special, and I will try to help him settle.”

Both Azpilicueta and Arrizabalaga will be hoping to feature for Chelsea FC when the Blues kick off their Premier League campaign against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Maurizio Sarri is the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge after the Italian manager was brought in as Antonio Conte’s replacement at the west London club last month.

Chelsea FC will be aiming to at least break back into the top four next season after the Blues ended up in fifth place and won the FA Cup under Conte last term.

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