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Kepa Arrizabalaga reveals De Gea advice before Chelsea move

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga reveals that David de Gea warned him about the Premier League before his switch to England.

Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper last summer, joining Chelsea from Athletic Club for an eye watering £72m.

The 24-year-old has endured a mixed start to life at Stamford Bridge but believes he has adapted well – all things considered.

“I spoke with De Gea many times in the national team,” he 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 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.”

Kepa is expected to start against Watford on Sunday as Chelsea aim to cement their top four hopes.