Kepa: “It is one of the most important days of my life”


The goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, presented this Tuesday as a new Real Madrid player, confessed that it is “one of the most important days” of his life and career, and assured that for his part “there will be no lack of work, effort and commitment”. , at the same time that both he and the club’s president, Florentino Pérez, had words of support for the injured Thibaut Courtois, Éder Militao and Arda Güler.

“Thank you for making it possible for me to be here. Thanks to my wife, my parents, my family, my friends. I wanted to have a word for Courtois, Militao and Güler, they are experiencing the worst moment in a footballer’s career, but I wish them a speedy recovery”, started the goalkeeper at the presentation ceremony at Real Madrid City.

Arrizabalaga was “very proud” to be part of the white club, a “new stage” that he faces with “great enthusiasm.” “It is one of the most important and special days of my life and my career. I can assure you that work, effort and commitment will not be lacking on my part. I wish and hope that we can win many titles, further increase Real Madrid’s record and make his legend bigger”, settled.

Before his speech, and after a video with the best saves of the goalkeeper formed at Athletic Club, Florentino Pérez made a speech to welcome the new Merengue goalkeeper, “one of the great goalkeepers in the world”.

“Welcome to your new home, Kepa. I want to thank you for choosing Real Madrid despite proposals from other greats in Europe. We want to continue expanding one of the biggest cycles in our history,” said the president.

Pérez also highlighted his record with Chelsea, his last club, and the Spanish team, with which he recently won the League of Nations. “You are already a Real Madrid player, it could be one of the most important moments of your life and your career. Your tireless work and your desire to be at the best club in the world have brought you here. Only a few can live the experiences that you are going to live here,” he added.

As usual in these presentation events, the white president highlighted the club’s values, which generate “a way of understanding life, an attitude” in the face of adversity. “With this shield and this jersey, we never give up,” he commented.

In addition, as Kepa did, Florentino Pérez lamented the “serious injuries” to Militao and Courtois, which will cause them to be off the pitch for several months. “We are very sad for what they are experiencing, but we are convinced that they will once again be essential pillars of our team. We convey all our strength and affection to you,” he said, before also addressing Arda Güler.

“We also wish him the best after the (knee) operation, we are convinced that a great future awaits him at Real Madrid,” said the president of the Madrid team.

Finally, Pérez congratulated the Spanish women’s team on their passage to the World Cup final, a “historic feat”. “Hopefully we can get that title that all Spaniards dream of,” she concluded.