Kepa reveals why he never joined Real Madrid when he had a chance
- Kepa was close to joining Real Madrid in January 2018 but the deal was stopped by Zidane.
- The goalkeeper admits that time was difficult for him because on top of everything he was injured.
- Kepa then extended his contract with Bilbao with the idea to stay at the club.
- However, when an offer from Chelsea came in six months later, the shot-stopper couldn't say 'no'.
Back in January 2018, Kepa Arrizabalaga was incredibly close to joining Real Madrid. However, Zinedine Zidane decided to stop the move.
The now-Chelsea goalkeeper has recently gone on Spanish talk show El Chiringuito where he opened up about that period in his career and what it meant to him.
"For several months my grandma saw more of me in the newspapers than in the flesh... There was a lot of talk about me," said Kepa. "I was also injured for a while so it wasn't a good moment for me."
With the move to the Bernabeu nit happening, Kepa signed a new contract with Athletic Bilbao in January 2018 only to join Chelsea for a record-breaking £72m fee in the summer. Arrizabalaga has tried to explain how the situation managed to change so much in just a few months.
"My contract was due to expire and from January onwards I was able to start talking to other clubs. I couldn't see myself joining any club. I ended up renewing my contract with the idea of staying but six months later I left. That was the only contradiction," the shot-stopper concluded.
And now Kepa keeps us solid at the back: