Athletic keeper admits his connection to the Basque side was too strong for him to leave. The move was very close to completion in January with Kepa even undergoing a medical with the Whites.
“In order to play at the World Cup, I know I have to do well with my club, Athletic.
“Rejecting Madrid? It’s true that during the process, I decided to stay on the fringes. It was a time when I needed to think things through.
“It was a life decision, deciding which path to take in my career. I needed time to get together with my family and closest friends.
“In the end, I wanted to be sure and weigh everything up. Once it became clear, I made the decision I made by signing a contract for several years. I’m very happy about the path I’ve taken. I’ve signed on for seven more years.”