David De Gea is impressed by his national team teammate, Kepa Arrizabalaga, but he warned him to stay in Spain if he wants to continue with his development as fast as possible.
Kepa, 23, is considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in Spain and has been linked with Real Madrid for months. He has been in talks with Athletic over a new deal since January but negotiations have been unsuccessful, according to ESPN. Former Atletico Madrid keeper De Gea said that Kepa should stay in Spain because going abroad is a huge risk as he experienced himself after he had transferred to Manchester United.
The Red Devils goalkeeper spoke about Kepa and his future career as he said: “Kepa is still very young. He has a long career ahead of him. But his head is in the right place. When you train with him you realise that he has a very high level. He is a great goalkeeper. He needs to continue to compete at this level and grow game after game.”
De Gea also said that he will try to help his fellow teammate as much as possible with the national team: “I’m also young and we [De Gea, Kepa and Pepe Reina] are here with the maximum enthusiasm to help the national team.”
De Gea was also previously linked with Real Madrid and he added that Kepa should not leave his home country: “All the players like me that leave Spain, we are not followed as much as those that are playing at home and people forget a little bit about us. That is why we try to be there and do things to be talked about.”
Kepa, who made his senior international debut in Saturday’s 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica, could leave Bilbao as early as January 2018, before he becomes a free agent in the summer but he doesn’t want to make any statements regarding his future.