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Kepa Arrizabalaga: When Real Madrid calls you, you don’t have to think twice

The Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he ‘didn’t have to think twice’ when Real Madrid asked him to join them.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was close to joining Bayern Munich, but he later joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea this summer.

After Thibaut Courtois suffered a serious ACL injury, Real Madrid decided to sign a new goalkeeper, and their first choice was Chelsea’s Spanish keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In an interview with Marca, the 28-year-old Arrizabalaga admits that he could not reject Real Madrid’s offer.

“Everything happened very fast. It’s true that (Mauricio) Pochettino wanted me to stay at Chelsea and told me that I was going to play, and that he trusted me. However, I thought a change would suit me. I wanted a change. Thomas Tuchel called me. I was close to going to Bayern Munich.

“In the end, Real Madrid is Real Madrid. When Real Madrid calls you, you don’t have to think twice. It is a great joy (to be here) and an exciting challenge.”

Real Madrid had a perfect start to the season with 12 points after four matches in the La Liga.

Arrizabalaga is expected to be Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper for the upcoming matches against Georgia and Cyprus.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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