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The Blues' former first-choice goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has gone to Madrid, leading directly to Kepa's arrival.

Courtois has been on strike this week in an effort to force Chelsea to sell him, and the team relented after lining up Kepa Arrizabalaga as his replacement.

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.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Athletic goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, breaking the world record fee paid for a goalkeeper by parting with a reported £72m.

"Today is the day I leave my Athletic home, it is a day of mixed feelings to leave the club I joined as a nine-year-old, ” wrote Kepa".

The Merseyside club announced shortly before the deadline that Brazilian Bernard had signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park after moving from Shakhtar Donestsk on a free transfer.

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In Real Madrid, Kovacic won the UEFA Champions League titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

"I received a lot of offers, some better from a financial point of view, but I wanted to come here, and importantly, be close to my children". If they'd done all a little sooner, I'm sure they would have saved some Chelsea fans' hearts. As the part of the contract, Mateo Kovacic, midfielder of the Spanish powerhouse, will join the blues on a season-long loan.

"I've met Keylor, we've had a little chat", Courtois said in a news conference at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. "A new stage is starting for me, and I am really happy to start this new stage in my career and my life".

"A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and wonderful moments with, both on and off the pitch".

"In terms of the price and me being the most expensive keeper in the world, it's something I don't think about", he said.


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