Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga is open to learning more about Todd Boehly's ‘different' All-Star game idea… and the £72m keeper backs HIMSELF to play in net if the exhibition game went ahead
Kepa Arrizabalaga is open to hearing more about Todd Boehly’s All-Star game idea and backed himself to start in goal if it ever went ahead.
Chelsea co-controlling owner Boehly divided opinion this week by proposing that the Premier League introduce a US-style North v South clash to raise money for the whole English football pyramid.
Kepa said: ‘I heard something but I didn’t watch too much. I think Todd said something.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (pictured) is open to hearing more about Todd Boehly’s All-Star game idea
Boehly made the suggestion while speaking at the SALT conference in New York on Tuesday
‘It is a completely different idea. I think we have to know a little bit more about it. It’s just in NBA.
‘I am in goal. [It] Should be a big game. There are a lot of big players in this league, North v South. We will see. But it can be a different idea but I don’t know at what point can we play this game. So we see.’
Boehly floated the idea at a New York conference on Tuesday, saying: ‘Ultimately I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports and really starts to figure out, why don’t we do a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn’t there an All-Star game?
‘People are talking about more money for the pyramid; in the MLB All-Star game this year we made $200m from a Monday and a Tuesday.
And Chelsea's £72million goalkeeper has backed himself to start in goal if it ever went ahead
‘So we’re thinking we could do a North versus South All-Star game for the Premier League, for whatever the pyramid needed quite easily.’
Boehly said he had suggested the idea to some of his Premier League counterparts.
‘Everyone likes the idea of more revenue for the league,’ he said of what their reaction. ‘I think there’s a real cultural aspect, I think evolution will come.’