Kepa delighted to have joined Chelsea

With just a year remaining on his contract, the 26-year-old had been absent from training this week as he looked to push through a move before the transfer window ended for Chelsea on Thursday.

Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday as the Premier League transfer window prepared to slam shut.

Chelsea's new manager Maurizio Sarri predicted after the Lyon fixture that he expects a flurry of activity from his club, who are also in talks to secure Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on loan.

Chelsea have completed their third signing of the transfer window, breaking the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper that was recently set by Liverpool when the Reds purchased Brazil worldwide Alisson Becker.

The Belgium global, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer as he helped his country to third-place, signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

Thibaut Courtois has been reminded of a time when he hurled taunts at Real Madrid fans, by their local rivals, Atletico Madrid.

"But I want to let everyone know I have made the decision calmly and in a responsible way".

"I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea".

Now, Sunday Times reporter Castles is claiming that Real Madrid have offered Chelsea FC the chance to sign Croatia star Kovacic in order to speed up a deal for Courtois.

Months of speculation surrounding the Belgium goalkeeper came to an end on Wednesday evening when it was announced that he would get his dream move to the Spanish capital. "He had a very good World Cup and obviously he is a very special player". "I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way". "I just hope I can adjust and adapt as soon as possible but we are all different".

On the face of it, this transfer appears to be nothing short of a calamity.


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