Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he was not scared of the reaction from fans on his return to the team after being the subject of Real Madrid transfer talk during January.
The 23-year-old looked set to join the Spanish champions, but Zinedine Zidane repeatedly insisted he didn’t need a goalkeeper and Arrizabalaga ended up signing a new deal with the Basque side.
“I wasn’t worried about the reception from the fans because I’ve always maintained the stance of not speaking about rumours. The fans have always been very good to me, and they were better than I could have imagined,” he told Marca.
Physically, he also felt good having shaken off a foot problem and he is adamant that he has made the right call.
“I have renewed for eight years with the club I have been with since I was nine and I’m very happy,” he added.
After a controversial two months away coupled with a long-term injury, Friday night saw Kepa Arrizabalaga return to the goalmouth of San Mames