KEPA ARRIZABALAGA believes the true value of goalkeepers is finally being recognised following his £72.1million move to Chelsea.
The record transfer fee for the position has been smashed twice in three weeks after Kepa (pictured) joined from Athletic Bilbao in the wake of Liverpool paying Roma £65m for Alisson Becker.
In filling the void left by Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid, the 23-year-old 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. ‘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 only pressure I experience is the pressure I put on myself.’