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Blues Set to Break World Record for Courtois Replacement

Blues Set to Break World Record for Courtois Replacement

The 31-year-old only joined Chelsea six months ago, but his 18-month contract means that he has less than one year left on his current deal.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed to trigger the release clause of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of his proposed switch to the club.

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

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.

Kepa played 30 times in La Liga for Bilbao last season and kept seven clean sheets as the Basque side finished 16th in the table.

As it stands, all of them will be available when Chelsea visit Huddersfield on Saturday, if deemed fit enough to take part.

The Belgian had failed to show up for training in a bid to force through a move to Madrid and on Wednesday night he finally got his wish when Chelsea managed to strike a deal with Madrid.

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But one aspect of the deal could well be a huge mistake for Chelsea.

"When I [first] saw him play, I was just so struck by the fact that a keeper who was then only 18 could perform like that under such pressure".

"The team would never be successful without the help of all the other members who are devoted to the players and the club, such as the medical department, kit men and all the others who I can't thank separately". Everyone just said congrats and they gave me a fake World Cup and they put it above my locker.

"It's very fearless of the club to pay for me. They are all happy here and have encouraged me to make the move".

"My goal was to come to Real Madrid, everyone knew that".

"I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days", he told Chelsea's official app, The 5th Stand.


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