Kepa says he is aiming to make history at Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga is targeting sustained success with Chelsea after moving to Stamford Bridge for a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

The 23-year-old joined from Athletic Bilbao for £72.1m on Wednesday after Chelsea met his £71m buyout clause. Kepa could make his debut in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Huddersfield.

The recruitment of the Spain international on a seven-year contract allowed Thibaut Courtois to depart for Real Madrid.

Kepa told Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand: “All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club.

“This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”

Courtois won two Premier League titles in four seasons as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper but had a year remaining on his contract and had expressed a desire to return to Spain.

He had spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea before displacing Petr Cech as the Blues’ number one.

Now Kepa is Courtois’ successor, after speaking to compatriots Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata and Pedro about life at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days.

“We have a very exciting season ahead of us, so let’s go for it.”