Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed that he asked David de Gea for advice on the differences between the Spanish and English leagues.
The 24-year-old has had a solid start to life at Stamford Bridge as he begins to settle into life in the Premier League, but he has revealed that upon arriving in England, he sought the advice of his Spanish national team teammate David de Gea about his experience when he swapped Atletico Madrid for Manchester United back in 2011.
“Every player settles into a new league in different ways,” he said.
“David is a team-mate with the national team and we get on really well. When I signed for Chelsea, he gave me some advice, telling me a bit about how it was for him when he came here.
“Of course, he has been here for years now and is playing at a fantastic level. We were at the World Cup together and had a good chat about the differences between Spanish and English football.
“It’s a good thing to interact with a top goalkeeper who has so much experience in the Premier League.
“You need a little time, the usual sort of time it takes to get to know your team-mates and the league itself, but it’s all good generally, I’m very happy.”
De Gea had a less than comfortable welcome to the Premier League, making errors on a weekly basis, as he struggled to cope with the robust and physical nature of the English game. However, he has since gone on to justify Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to make him the long-term successor to Edwin van der Sar, where he has gone on to become one of the best goalkeepers in World football.