Former Chelsea man Begovic has message for fans over record-breaking signing Kepa
Former Chelsea stopper Asmir Begovic has claimed new signing Kepa is a long-term project, rather than a short-term fix at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper last week when he joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao and just days after his arrival, he was thrown straight into action against Huddersfield.
The deal to bring him to the Premier League was one that was forced on the club as they needed to find an immediate replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who got his wish and made the move to Spain to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
He has committed to the Blues for the next seven years, and although contracts don’t mean much these days, he could be Chelsea’s No 1 for the next ten years if he develops into the world class player many are hoping.
And Begovic believes the club can build their team around Kepa.
He told talkSPORT: “I think he was performing quite well at Bilbao, coming through the ranks there and trying to break into the national team.
“So he’s definitely been on the scene for a little while.
“That’s just the way the market is going. Some prices are being thrown around and this is the price of doing business these days.
“From Chelsea’s view, this is a long-term move. It’s a seven-year deal and he’s at a great age so I think this is someone Chelsea can really build around for many years to come.”
Here is what we think.
Courtois leaving was a massive blow for the Blues as he is one of the best stoppers in world football, and one of the main reasons why they won the premier League two seasons ago and then the FA Cup last year.
But with his move on transfer deadline day there was no hope of signing the likes of Jan Oblak, who was the top transfer target and ultimately settled for Kepa.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri knows the young Spaniard is nowhere near the quality of Courtois and is hoping Kepa develops quickly, but the lad is 23-years old and one mistake will undo any good work he achieves over the next twelve months.
It was a bold statement by Chelsea to sign Kepa for a world record fee, and in the long-run it could turn out to be a great bit of business, but for now the lad just needs time to get used to the Premier League.