Kepa reveals 'so many things attracted' him to Chelsea

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

The 23-year-old signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge, shortly after Chelsea confirmed a deal had been reached to grant Thibaut Courtois his desired move to Real Madrid.

Athletic Bilbao confirmed today that Chelsea have met goalkeeper's Kepa Arrizabalaga release clause ahead of the reportedly imminent transfer.

The 27-year-old now has two years left on his contract with the Blues and earlier this summer, his comments indicated that he was considering a move away from the west London club.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles.

Director Marina Granovskaia added: 'Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival.

"He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years".

The 22-year old will displace Liverpool's Alisson as the most expensive goalkeeper in world football, just a couple of weeks on from the Brazilian's £67 million move to Anfield.

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan", said the club's website.

Courtois has been absent from training this week before Thursday's closure of the transfer window for Premier League clubs.

Athletic do not negotiate when it comes to selling their top stars because they limit themselves to only signing Basque players, meaning the only way Chelsea could bring Kepa to Stamford Bridge was by activating his buyout clause.

In January, he signed a new long-term contract with Bilbao until 2025, amid interest from Real Madrid. He came through the youth categories at Genk, he made his debut with the first team in the 2008/09 season and settled there for two seasons.

His future has always been speculated amid Madrid's pursuit of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, however, the veteran has played a key role in the capital.

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