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

10 August, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Alyssa Little
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We thought that Thibaut Courtois would be the man to do that, hence why we sacrificed club legend Petr Cech.

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.

Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who now is expected to join Chelsea as Courtois' replacement.

The 24-year-old Croatia worldwide arrives at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation, but there is no official option for Chelsea to make the move permanent after the 2018/19 season.

With fierce competition for places at Real Madrid, Kovacic has more often than not featured off the bench during his time at the Bernabeu.

"He's a great keeper with excellent reflexes but it's not for me to say what his strong points are", Courtois said.

Courtois joined Madrid from Chelsea on Wednesday for £35 million after declining to report for training and months of expressing a desire to live closer to his children.

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Kovacic has signed for the Blues on a season-long loan deal and will now be hoping to hold down a spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

"All I'd like to do is to thank the fans for the last four years and for how they've supported me at Chelsea", he added.

"All of them have told me what it's like to play here and I've had excellent references from them about the game here".

Madrid tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United after Casillas left but it missed a deadline and the deal didn't go through.

The Blues faced a race against time as to sign the young worldwide before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday at 18:00 CEST - tasked with convincing the shot-stopper to move to England, despite Kepa having just renewed his contract.

"I've got a new opportunity in my career now and I have to make the most of it".

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