Chelsea Kepa Arrizabalaga is ready to challenge David de Gea to become Spain’s first choice goalkeeper.
Kepa’s only game for his country was a friendly win over Costa Rica last November. The 23-year-old has since been named as part of Spain’s World Cup team and new coach Luis Enrique’s first squad.
De Gea was criticized for his displays at the World Cup and fans even voted for Kepa to take over in a poll ran by Marca.
“Being in the squad is already a reason for joy. We all want to be here and we all want to play; I work for that,” he told AS.
“We’ll meet the coaching staff in the first few days and get ourselves going, because we have two big games ahead.
“It’s a question for the coach. What I will do is work, although obviously we all want to play.
“The coach will decide the best thing for the team, but in the training sessions I’ll try to put in the effort, for the good of the group most of all.
“All players work to compete and to play. The coach decides and we accept whatever it is, always with good harmony.
“De Gea is a great goalkeeper and the goal is perfectly covered with him. The World Cup was how it was, we came back too early, but I don’t pay attention to polls or what people say. I try to isolate myself and focus on myself.”