Sarri makes Kepa admission
Chelsea’s new keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is not as good as his predecessor Thibaut Courtois, Maurizio Sarri has warned.
The Blues splashed a world record fee of £71.6million for a shot stopper earlier this week from Athletic Bilbao, as Courtois hopped to Real Madrid in a £35m deal.
Belgian World Cup star Courtois, who won the Golden Glove in Russia, helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, and Sarri reckons his less experienced and younger model is not at the same level. Sarri said:
“Can he be better than Courtois? Not at the moment.
“But he is very young. I hope he can improve very fast. For the moment, he’s not Courtois, of course. But I’m very happy to have him and Mateo Kovacic coming in.
“The Courtois situation was clear. He wanted to go to Madrid. So we lost maybe one of the most important goalkeepers in the world.
“But we bought a young goalkeeper, I think one of the most important among young goalkeepers in Europe, so I’m really happy.
“I’m happy, too with Kovacic because he has the characteristics for us. He is a very technical player and he likes to play between the lines. For us, that could be very important.”