Kepa Arrizabalaga: Chelsea Goalkeeper Proposes to Long Time Girlfriend Andrea Martinez on Deadline Day
- Kepa Arrizabalaga secured a deal of his own after his girlfriend Andrea Martinez accepted his proposal
- Kepa and Martinez have been dating for a while before they confirmed their relationship in January
- The Spanish goalkeeper is yet to play competitive football this season with Edouard Mendy still preferred ahead of him
Chelsea's second-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga confirmed his engagement to his long-time partner Andrea Martinez.
Kepa took to his Instagram page to announce the message to his fans on the final day of the transfer window.
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The Spanish custodian had initially planned on securing a move away from Chelsea this summer but ended up with another deal altogether. He has been severely starved of game time after being demoted to second-choice after the rise of Edouard Mendy.
The 27-year-old is still the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after Chelsea forked out an excess of 70 million euros to sign him from Athletico Bilbao. He had a promising debut season in England, but his fortunes dwindled quickly in the second season forcing the club to sign Mendy.
His appearance at this year's World Cup for Luis Enrique is seriously doubtful. He had hoped to get a move to Lazio under his former manager Maurizio Sarri, but no offer arrived.
But Kepa won off the pitch after Martinez agreed to get married to him. Martinez is a former Miss Universe Spain, having won the award in 2020. Kepa wrote on his Instagram,
She said yes!
The two confirmed their relationship in January, according to the Daily Mail. Martinez is also a former basketballer, having represented the Spanish U-15 side.
Kepa will be hoping to force his way back to Thomas Tuchel's mind in light of recent questionable performances from Mendy. Chelsea's stout defence has disappeared this season, with the side having conceded eight goals already.
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