Kepa to Chelsea: Athletic Bilbao's 'clause or nothing' millions

Kepa to Chelsea: Athletic Bilbao's 'clause or nothing' millions

Real Madrid also released a short statement of their own, which confirms that Kovacic will stay at Chelsea until June 30, 2019.

Once it became apparent that Thibaut Courtois had his heart set on a return to Spain, energies were switched toward securing one of Europe's most highly-rated young goalkeepers.

The Spanish giants allowed Ronaldo to move to Juventus after nine hugely successful years at the Bernabeu, but they are now lacking firepower up front and have yet to replace the Portuguese superstar. This would be the second time it has been broken during this window after Liverpool won the race to sign Allison from Roma. "It's a great challenge for me".

"I received better paid offers but I wanted to be in the best club in the world and be close to my children".

However, late into Wednesday evening the Blues announced the deal was complete with the Spaniard receiving a seven-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Courtois is fully aware of his abilities after a World Cup which he chosen as the best goalkeeper of the tournament, helping his national team to achieve third place in the tournament; their best finish ever.

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"But the most important thing is to open a new page with our club and to be ready to give everything for the club". Chelsea will now reportedly receive a cash fee and midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of a deal to send Courtois to Real.

Report after report has surfaced over Courtois' exit, with stories going as far to say that a fee had been agreed between Chelsea and Real Madrid for the Belgian.

Chelsea have confirmed the club's record signing of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

"A huge thank you to all my team-mates and the technical staff, who I shared success and awesome moments with".

That status could be a considerable burden for the 23-year-old to bear as he adapts to a new country, club and league, but Kepa is adamant that the figure will not enter his thinking at Chelsea. "I want to thank them for their support".

"I think I will be able to adapt", he said.

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