Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has said that he gets along well with fellow Spanish international keeper David De Gea. De Gea is regarded as one of the best keepers in the World and has been one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League for the best part of the last decade. Many would have thought that the Spanish number one jersey would be his for at least a decade after Iker Casillas’s career started to go downhill following a horror showing at the 2014 World Cup, during which Spain were eliminated in the group stages as defending champions.
“The competition is very good and very healthy. We have a great relationship with Pau (Lopez of Roma) and David and we see each other and talk” said Kepa as reported by Football Espana.
“I hope I can start and play. I still have to improve and polish things. You work to play on game day. I want to play and I feel the confidence of the coach.”
Kepa has a chance to establish himself as Spain’s number 1 keeper
There is little doubting that De Gea has churned out some super-human displays for Manchester United over the years and he has definitely been the Red Devils best player since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2012. However, the 28-year-old has struggled for form since the end of last season and also appears to be struggling for form with United this season. De Gea has also never really emulated the form which he has shown for United over the years while on national team duty. He can definitely be considered a Man United legend but cannot really be considered a Spanish national team legend. He has yet to help his country to major silverware and has yet to deliver the same kind of performances while on national team duty that Casillas did during the peak of his career.
This presents Kepa with an opportunity to stake a claim to be Spain’s first-choice keeper during the 2020 European Championships. It will now be up to the Chelsea first-choice keeper to be consistent in the Premier League this season as his club look to finish in the top four and secure qualification for the Champions League next season.