Keeper Kepa completes big money move to Chelsea

10 August, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The Blues have officially completed a deadline day move for the 24-year-old Kovacic, who will spend the next season on loan at Stamford Bridge following a long-mooted departure from La Liga giants Real Madrid.

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.

In January, Real moved for Kepa by offering to pay his 20m euros buy-out clause with Athletic Bilbao, but he rejected that opportunity by signing a new seven-year contract with the Basque club.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has said he does not feel any pressure after becoming the world's most expensive goalkeeper and he believes Chelsea have made a "great bet" after signing him for £71.6m.

Thibaut Courtois' desire to leave the club forced Chelsea to act fast, and they secured one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in world football to replace him in Kepa Arrizabalaga.

"Everyone who knows me knows how hard I've worked to get here, and I'm proud to be at the best club in the world".

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Courtois long has been pining for a transfer to a Spanish club in order to be nearer to his two young children, who live the country.

Maurizio Sarri's side face Huddersfield in their first game of the new Premier League season tomorrow (3pm).

Kepa becomes the sixth Spanish member of Chelsea's squad, joining Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso, and he says his global team-mates played a big part in selling the move to him.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea and has one worldwide cap. "I have taken my time and I want to thank the club that respected it to make my decision". In terms of the price, it's something I don't think about.

"I arrived at Chelsea with [Petr] Cech there, and I ended up being first choice".

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