Todd Boehly Speaks Out About Kepa’s Negative Remark About Chelsea Project
Kepa Arrizabalaga claimed last summer that he quit Chelsea after becoming disillusioned with Todd Boehly’s ‘project’ and thought he needed a change of scenery.
The Spaniard joined Real Madrid on loan last month, with Los Blancos in need of a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who damaged his ACL.
In an interview with Spanish radio COPE, Kepa voiced a barely veiled critique of Boehly’s buying spree and indicated he would not hesitate to leave Chelsea.
‘I thought it was time for a change of scenery,’ he explained.
I wanted to stay, but I didn’t think the project was suitable for me.’
The Blues paid a club-record £72 million to get Kepa from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, the most ever paid for a goalkeeper, but only £25 million to recruit Robert Sanchez from Brighton this summer.
Pochettino wanted him to stay after letting Edouard Mendy to leave Stamford Bridge, but the Spaniard felt he needed a change, according to Kepa.
‘Yes, it was quite quick [transfer to Real Madrid],’ he said to Marca.
‘It’s true that Pochettino wanted me to stay and that he told me I was going to play, that he trusted me, but I thought a change would be beneficial for me, and I needed a change.