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Good keepers finally getting recognised - Kepa

10th August 2018, 07:27 by Craig Smithson

Kepa Arrizabalaga is happy that good goalkeepers are being acknowledged by big transfer fees after his £72.1million move to Chelsea.

The record transfer fee for the position has been smashed twice in three weeks after Kepa moved to London from Athletic Bilbao in the wake of Liverpool paying £65million to Roma for Alisson Becker.

In filling the void created by Thibaut Courtois' departure to Real Madrid, the 23-year-old Kepa sees the sums now being allocated for glovemen as a reflection of their growing worth.

"It's a way to value the goalkeepers," Kepa said at a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

"It's great that big fees are paid for strikers and other players, but why not for goalkeepers? It's a good way to acknowledge a good goalkeeper.

"The transfer market has gone up in price a lot in the last few years. It has to do with many different things, partly it is the contracts the clubs have with the media now."

The seven-year deal signed by Kepa was made possible when Chelsea activated the 80m euros release clause in the Spain international's contract with Bilbao.

Rather than view his status as the game's most expensive goalkeeper as a burden, however, Kepa is hoping to distance himself from the figure by focusing on his performances.

"In terms of the price and me being the most expensive keeper in the world, it's something I don't think about," he said.

"I just think about myself, be the same I've always been and try to give my best to the club."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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