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Kepa reveals 'so many things attracted' him to Chelsea

09 August, 2018, 17:43 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Chelsea have paid a reported world-record £71.6million to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a successor to Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois.

The Spaniard becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, replacing Brazilian Alisson who completed a 75 million-euro move to Liverpool last month from AS Roma.

The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited. "My first impression was that he is a very good goalkeeper, very young but very good".

Now, as the start of Premier League play approaches the footballing world as reportedly received clarification on the future of the goalkeeper position at Chelsea.

He has played 53 times in La Liga for Bilbao over the last two seasons, and made his global debut in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in November 2017.

Bilbao ended up tying him down to new terms, including the eye-catching buyout clause, before finishing 16th.

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Chelsea were compelled to activate Kepa's eye-watering release clause as they scrambled to find a replacement for the outgoing Courtois prior to the closing of the transfer window on Thursday.

Courtois spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, before becoming the Blues' number one in 2014-15.

The unsettled Croatian midfielder is the Spanish club's sweetener to ensure their pursuit of Courtois reaches a positive conclusion.

But, in freaky circumstances, Chelsea did not include a clause in the Kovacic contract which would enable them to make the deal a permanent one if the Croatian global impresses in the Premier League. A ideal type of keeper for the type of football new manager Maurizio Sarri will want to play.

Courtois' actions are set to lead to success and, according to Spanish TV programme El Larguero, Real Madrid are to officially seal the signing of the goalkeeper later this week.

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