On loan Real Madrid goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has today criticized his parent club Chelsea’s long-term project.
The 28-year-old shot-stopper signed for Los Blancos on a short-term deal following the injury suffered by long-time number-one Thibaut Courtois last month.
Kepa Arrizabalaga wanted out at Chelsea
According to Madrid-based news outlet COPE, Arrizabalaga outlined his reasons for swapping Stamford Bridge for the newly renovated Santiago Bernabeu.
In an interview, the Spanish international said today, “I felt it was time for a change of scenery. I wanted to stay, but I felt that the Chelsea project was not the right one.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga: "I felt it was time for a change of scenery. I wanted to stay, but I felt that the [#Chelsea] project was not the right one."
— Chels HQ (@Chels_HQ) September 6, 2023
Arrizabalaga has failed to convince many during his five years in England after becoming the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in 2018 following his transfer from Athletic Bilbao. Despite being under contract with the Blues until June 2025, the current Spanish number one did not hide his true feelings towards both of his employers.
Arrizabalaga added, “Real Madrid is Real Madrid. When Real Madrid call you, it’s easy.
I’ve faced Real 3 times with Chelsea. When I arrived at Bernabéu I always turned left, to the visiting dressing room, but I wanted to turn right, to the local dressing room.”