‘I don’t appreciate it’ 28-year-old player was really not happy about what Chelsea staff did last week
Kepa Arrizabalaga reportedly expressed unhappiness with Chelsea staff due to their enthusiastic greeting of Robert Sanchez after his arrival at Stamford Bridge. According to the Daily Mail’s Transfer Confidential email, Kepa was left unimpressed by the warm welcome given to Sanchez by Chelsea staff last week after his transfer from Brighton for £25 million was finalized.
The report suggests that Kepa’s reaction might have been influenced by his history with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts. Sanchez’s arrival led to a significant welcoming party, which apparently irked Kepa. It’s worth noting that Kepa had previously cried when Chelsea secured the services of Roberts from Brighton in 2022.
Kepa’s reaction, if true, could be seen as immature and possibly reflective of his unwillingness to compete for the No.1 goalkeeper position at Chelsea. His departure from Chelsea seemed inevitable, as he is now set to join Real Madrid on loan after Thibaut Courtois suffered a serious knee injury, leaving Carlo Ancelotti in need of a goalkeeper.
Despite reported interest from Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich, Kepa has opted to return to Spain and join Real Madrid. The loan move could potentially become permanent next summer if Kepa performs well during his time with the Spanish giants.