Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Chelsea sign Kepa in world record deal

Keylor Navas Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty Images
Chelsea Rogers | 10 August, 2018, 08:59

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

Courtois (right) praised worldwide colleague and former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard.

He said all the right things, speaking in Spanish through a translator, when asked about the eye-popping fee and appeared calm and composed while being asked to keep returning to the issue.

According to Matt Law of The Telegraph, Chelsea have agreed to meet Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga's buyout clause, which would make the Basque shot stopper a world record signing at €80 million.

Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

"When I saw Iker play, what caught my attention most was that, when 18 years old, he endured the pressure to play at the Bernabeu".

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The 24-year-old Croatian worldwide previously played for Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, Italian club Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Courtois helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title in 2017. "From what people have told me, he's a really great guy, and from a professional point of view, I consider him a fantastic goalkeeper as well".

The move comes as huge news to the footballing world as Liverpool have only just recently made Brazilian Allison the most expensive keeper ever, notably beating Chelsea to his signature. "I've got two kids here and that had a significant role to play in my decision".

Courtois' intentions were concrete - Real Madrid are the only he side he wishes to play for, and to prepare for life without him Chelsea have deemed Kepa to be the only suitable replacement. "I just hope I can adjust and adapt as soon as possible but we are all different".

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea. In terms of the price, it's something I don't think about.

"I am very happy to continue in what I consider my home", Kepa stated at the time.

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