Kepa Arrizabalaga has published a goodbye letter after leaving Athletic Bilbao for Chelsea, in a world record 80 million euro move - he is the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football.
“Today is the day I leave my Athletic home, it is a day of mixed feelings to leave the club I joined as a nine-year-old,” wrote Kepa.
“It’s where I grew up as a person and a footballer, from when I was little, and I understand some fans will understand my decision and others won’t.
“But I want to let everyone know I have made the decision calmly and in a responsible way. It was not easy to leave everything I have worked for so many years, the exertion nd the experiences.
“However, sometimes in football you have to take a step forward to face personal challenges and develop your career. I’ve analysed what is best for me so I consider the opportunity presented to me in signing for Chelsea is the best for my future.
“That doesn’t mean I forget Athletic’s values, the same ones I’ve followed for 15 years, and for that I have to thank the club and its supporters.
“I want to thank Athletic for the love and respect they have instilled in me during these years and I’ll always take that with me. To all my teammates over the years and the ones I leave behind in the dressing room – you are the best.
“And finally, thanks to the fans. Every time I walked into San Mames I felt privileged and I noted your love and strength. I will always be in debt to what you have made me feel. Aupa Athletic!!”