Former Chelsea star Carlo Cudicini has hailed Blues summer-recruit Kepa Arrizabalaga for settling quickly into life at Stamford Bridge and adapting well to the Premier League.

Arrizabalaga, who became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when Chelsea signed him in the summer, has been a consistent performer for the club so far this term.

The Spaniard has proved his mettle by adjusting quickly to the rigours of English football and is only one of eight players who have managed to clock every single minute of the league campaign.

Despite having had to deal with the pressure of justifying his hefty price-tag, Arrizabalaga has managed to give a good account of himself at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old has already received praise for his performances and Cudicini stressed the importance of adapting quickly to the varying demands of the Premier League.

“It’s kind of the same thing that I just said for [the manager] Maurizio [Sarri]”, Cudicini told the club’s official website.

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“Especially for a goalkeeper, the Premier League is a different way.

"I remember when I first joined here and it was a big difference.

“The physicality, the speed of the game – it’s a totally different way of playing your game – and I think he adapted very well.”

Arrizabalaga, who did not take part in the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday, is expected to return to action against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday in the EFL Cup.