New Chelsea FC signing opens up on playing under Maurizio Sarri

Kepa Arrizabalaga is looking forward to playing under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea FC

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Kepa Arrizabalaga says he is looking forward to playing under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea FC after having joined the Blues from Athletic Bilbao last week.

The west London club moved quickly to bring in the 23-year-old Spaniard after they agreed a deal to sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid last week.

The shot-stopper will now be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge as he bids to try and help Chelsea FC enjoy a positive first season under Sarri.

The Italian manager was brought in as Antonio Conte’s successor at Stamford Bridge last month and Sarri has been tasked with steering the Blues to a Premier League title challenge.

And the Spanish goalkeeper believes that he and his team-mates will be able to swiftly adapt to the rigours of playing under Sarri this season.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC’s website, he said: “I think I will be able to adapt and I find his style, his ideas and how he likes to play very attractive.

“I have references about him from players like Pepe Reina, who was at Napoli and knows him, and was very happy with him. Maurizio’s style is not unlike the style used with the Spanish national team where I’ve played for many years so I don’t think it will be a problem.

“What I expect to achieve in these seven years is great growth, both personally and collectively as a team. I hope we will win many titles and I hope in seven years when I look back I will be very proud of what I have achieved.”

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

The west London side won the Premier League in Conte’s first campaign but struggled to produce consistent performances last term.

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