Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga explains his fallout with Maurizio Sarri vs Man City in the Carabao Cup final

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga & Spain

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is currently on international duty with Spain.

Kepa is now in his second season at Chelsea, following his 80 million euro move from Athletic Bilbao.

Unfortunately for Kepa and Chelsea, the Blues are yet to record a clean sheet in the Premier League in 2019-20.

Will Kepa start for Spain when they face Romania tonight in a Euro 2020 qualifier?

Kepa has previously dislodged Man United’s David De Gea as Spain’s number one.

Kepa Arrizabalaga talks to Cadena SER

While back in Spain, Kepa Arrizabalaga has spoken to radio station Cadena SER.

Kepa discussed what life was like at Bilbao in his final months at the club, amid frantic transfer speculation and links to Real Madrid:

There was too much talk. I had months in which I saw myself practically every day in the media.

In the end I reached the end of my contract, I entered a period in which I was free to listen to any club.

I listened to several important clubs in Europe, then decided to renew (with Bilbao).

Obviously, when I renewed I didn’t have in mind that at six or seven months Chelsea would come with 80 million and that I would leave. 

Kepa’s fallout with Maurizio Sarri vs Man City in the Carabao Cup final

One incident stood out in Kepa’s first season at Chelsea.

The Blues lost the Carabao Cup final to Man City in a penalty shootout.

Minutes before the end of extra-time in the cup final, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri decided to introduce Willy Caballero for Kepa.

That’s after Kepa went down in discomfort. The Spanish keeper looked injured.

However, then the remarkable happened. Kepa refused to be subbed out of the game.

A heated exchange ensued, which eventually saw Sarri concede defeat in his attempts to make the change:

During his appearance on Spanish radio, Kepa talked about what happened against Man City. The Chelsea goalkeeper explained:

I am not proud about what happened, I lived [through] a good storm that weekend.

This is a situation that I never felt. He thought I was injured, everything went faster [than expected] and happened as it happened. I said sorry to everyone and Sarri explained to me how he felt after this, but we were in the spotlight this week.

Internally, everything was solved and finished the day after Carabao Cup.

From now I will ask the manager (questions) just in the half-time of the extra-time!

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