“He has suffered like anyone who does not play but the career of a footballer has bumps, it is not a bed of roses." says the 31-year-old defender.
Followed by a complicated year for the £71million goalkeeper,Kepa Arrizabalaga
got the chance to return to playing under the supervision of
Although he got only 360 minutes to play in Premier league competitions and 9 games in all competitions in 2020-21, he claimed that he never wanted to leaveChelsea
, Chelsea defender who plays with Arrizabalaga in theSpain national team
, backed his team-mate and talked about him "working hard". He said:
“I'm not the one to give him a chance. That's up to Tuchel.
“I am his team-mate and his friend. I have a close relationship with him because we are also team-mates from the national team and I can guarantee that he is working hard.
“He has suffered like anyone who does not play but the career of a footballer has bumps, it is not a bed of roses.
“You have to be humble. And he is young, with the future ahead of him. I'm sure he will continue to contribute a lot to Chelsea.”
Azpilicueta started playing for the Blues in 2012.
Asked about his career plans, he said;
“I am very happy at Chelsea. I don't like to look too far ahead.
“I enjoy the moment, I have the ambition to leave the club at as high a level as I can and I am going to train and play with the hope of continuing to do important things. Hopefully that lasts a long time.”