Thibaut Courtois To Join Real Madrid After Chelsea Agrees Transfer

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Last season, the club reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Spain global who has joined Chelsea as Courtois' replacement.

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

In a summer dominated by big moves for goalkeepers, Chelsea rushed through a deal for Kepa, 23, after Thibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid for a reported 35 million euros. Now I'll say to him: "Let's go and win a Champions League together". "I'm just going to be myself and try to give my best".

The 26-year-old also has a plaque outside the Wanda Metropolitano, along with all other players to have made over 100 appearances for the club.

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

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.

Speaking following his mega £71m move from Athletic Bilbao, Kepa said: "I always like to have the best players in my team".

Arrizabalaga, who only signed a new seven-year deal with Athletic in January, becomes Maurizio Sarri's second high profile signing since taking charge, following in the footsteps of midfielder Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli for around £50m.

Courtois had stayed away from Chelsea's training ground this week as he tried to force through a move.

Chelsea announced their new signing Kovacic on the club website. It was not easy to leave everything I have worked for so many years, the exertion nd the experiences.

"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".

"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".

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