Chelsea can shape their long-term future around Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to former goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The Blues made Arrizabalaga the world’s most expensive goalkeeper by spending £71m on the 23-year-old to replace Thibaut Courtois.
Arrizabalaga made his Chelsea debut on Saturday
While eyebrows were raised by the fee, Begovic insists his former club have acquired a well-established shot-stopper who they can depend on for a good while.
He told talkSPORT: “I think he was performing quite well at Bilbao, coming through the ranks there and trying to break into the national team. So he’s definitely been on the scene for a little while.
“That’s just the way the market is going. Some prices are being thrown around and this is the price of doing business these days.
“From Chelsea’s view, this is a long term move. It’s a seven-year deal and he’s at a great age so I think this is someone Chelsea can really build around for many years to come.”
Arrizabalaga made his first Chelsea appearance in the 3-0 victory over Huddersfield and kept a clean sheet.