Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed the advice he got from David de Gea before his big money move to Chelsea last summer.
The 24-year-old Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined the Blues for a fee in the region of £72 million from Athletic Bilbao.
‘I spoke with De Gea many times in the national team,’ Kepa told the Daily Mail.
‘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.’
Chelsea are on the verge of reaching the finals of the Europa League after playing out a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.
‘That is our target,’ Kepa added. ‘To finish in the top four, reach the Europa League final and win a trophy.
‘We know it’s not easy but that would be a good first season.
‘It’s been great. It is a change, everything’s different, a new country, a new league, a new team but it has given me a step forward in my career and that’s why I have committed to Chelsea.
‘I am really happy with how things have started. I am trying to adapt and that is something I must continue to do.’