Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa said that his compatriot David de Gea warned about the Premier League’s demands following his world-record transfer to Chelsea.
Kepa produced some fine performances for Athletic Bilbao last season which earned him a place in Spain’s World Cup squad. Following the departure of Thibaut Courtouis to Real Madrid, Chelsea monitored Kepa and signed him on a transfer fee of £72 million. This made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, surpassing the £66.8 million Liverpool paid to Roma to sign Alisson just weeks ago.
Kepa said that David de Gea discussed the requirements of the Premier League with him. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Kepa said, ” I spoke with De Gea many times in the national team. He told me the first season in England for him was difficult in every aspect, that’s always quite tough.
Change always takes a bit of time and effort. Change is always difficult. The style of football in the league is different to the football played in Spain. That’s what I’ve noticed the most. It’s more physical, the referees let a lot more go and allow a lot more contact here.
Before I came here I would have my routine work out in the gym and a plan I followed. I’ve not had to change it greatly.
Kepa has done pretty well for Chelsea this season, making 22 clean sheets in 51 appearances so far.
After drawing against Eintracht Frankfurt, Chelsea next take on Watford at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.