Chelsea stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed that he rejected the chance to depart from the club over the summer.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and is regarded as the club’s number two behind Edouard Mendy.

Former Athletic Bilbao stopper made only 15 appearances across all competitions last term, including just four starts in the English top-tier and one in the Champions League.

The Spaniard was rumored with a move away from West London over the summer, with Lazio believed to be keen on to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who is now in charge of the Aquile, signed Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao during his time at Stamford Bridge for a world-record fee of £72m in 2018.

Ligue 1 giants Nice were also credited with an interest in Kepa, however, they instead moved to add veteran Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City.


Despite the rumours surrounding his future, Arrizabalaga insists that he feels wanted by Chelsea and not planning to leave club.

“Yes, there were [chances to leave Chelsea], but the club always gave me their trust, they always wanted me to be part of the squad,” Arrizabalaga told reporters via AS. “We analysed it and I am happy to stay and be in this great club.”

Arrizabalaga, who has three years remaining on his contract, has also spoken about his desire to return to the Spain national team squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

“Obviously I dream about it,” the 11-cap international added, “I had the privilege of being in Russia and I work to be there.

“This time that I haven’t played at the club is difficult, but I feel the confidence of the national team’s coaching staff and hopefully if I have continuity at my club I can be there.”