Kepa Arrizabalaga was an absolute sensation this season. The 22-year-old was promoted to the Athletic first team and it only took a few months for him to take over the starting role from Gorka Iraizoz. In fact, he has played so well that he was called up to the Spain National Team where he is currently training for an upcoming friendly against Colombia later in the week. On Monday, the keeper gave an interview and said that he has worked very hard to get where he is today.
“I am very happy to be here because I have worked hard to get here. All I can do is work hard and then the manager makes the decisions. In Spain, there are great goalkeepers and I can only say that I am happy and focused on what I’m doing. We play Colombia this week and they are a great team. We are professionals so we will be prepared for the game and we want to have a good showing and win it.”
Kepa is seen as the present and future at Athletic Club and the two sides have been working on a contract renewal for a few months now. The Lezama product has one year left on his deal and Athletic wants to extend that timeframe, while also raising his wages and release clause. While the negotiations are still ongoing, Kepa says he isn’t worried about it at all and that he’s happy at his boyhood club.
“I have a contract and another year left. I am really happy to be at Athletic Club. The only thing I can say is that I’m focused on my team and I’m not worried about my contract renewal.”
Athletic’s preseason will begin on 3 July as the Lions will be preparing for the first leg of their Europa League qualifying match on 27 July. Kepa is scheduled to still be playing international at that time, the same goes for Yeray and Inaki Williams. As of now there is no plan for what will be done about the situation, but Athletic Club will certainly be hoping that their three starlets will be back to help the team advance to the next stage of the Europa League.