Chelsea keeper Kepa reveals plans to return to Athletic Bilbao after controversial Blues transfer

CHELSEA keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed he plans to return to Athletic Bilbao one day.

The Spaniard, 25, joined the Blues from the La Liga outfit last summer and has settled into life in England well – his Carabao Cup final antics aside.

Chelsea keeper Kepa reveals plans to return to Athletic Bilbao after controversial Blues transfer1 Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed he is open to a return to Athletic Bilbao

In February, Kepa refused to be substituted in favour of spot-kick-saving specialist Willy Caballero with extra-time almost over against Manchester City in the Wembley showdown.

But, with that now in the rear-view mirror, the Chelsea No1 has revealed he is open to an emotional return to Athletic in the future.

Speaking to El Chiringuito during the international break, Kepa revealed: "Of course I would like to return to Athletic.

"I don’t know when or how or what, but playing at Athletic obviously I’d like that. I have great memories."

The Spain stopper now looks set to rejoin Athletic over any other club in the world when eventually leaving Chelsea.

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Kepa came desperately close to joining Real Madrid just six months before heading to Stamford Bridge.

And the Spaniard recalled the intense speculation, saying: "For several months my grandma saw more of me in the newspapers than in the flesh.

"There was a lot of talk about me. I was also injured for a while so it wasn't a good moment for me.

"My contract was due to expire and from January onwards I was able to start talking to other clubs.

"I couldn’t see myself joining [another] club. I ended up renewing my contract with the idea of staying.

"But six months later I left. That was the only contraction."

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Meanwhile, Kepa – who recently overtook David De Gea in Spain's goalkeeping pecking order – has been impressing in training… by scoring a sublime free-kick.

Having impressed with the gloves, he then decided to show he's more than a one-trick pony as he showed off his set-piece skills.

It came just a day after De Gea got revenge for Kepa pinching his spot in the starting XI with a brutal nutmeg.

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