Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Real Madrid To Complete Thibaut Courtois Signing This Week

Chelsea Andreas Christensen Maurizio Sarri GETTY Chelsea star Andreas Christensen has sent a message to Maurizio Sarri
Edward Snyder | 10 August, 2018, 09:01

In making a move for Kepa the Blues eclipsed the previous world-record fee for a goalkeeper that was set by Liverpool in their acquisition of Roma's Alisson earlier this summer.

"So many things attracted me to the club - all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League", Kepa said.

Arrizabalaga has played 53 La Liga matches for Athletic Bilbao since breaking into the team in 2016. He's amassed a reputation for his sharp reflexes, ability to move quickly on his feet and rapid movement.

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. Kepa conceded just 22 goals in 23 outings in 2016/17; last season, despite finishing 16th, Athletic shipped fewer than fifth-placed Villarreal.

Strongest selection of keepers in a club squad in world football?

Report after report has surfaced over Courtois' exit, with stories going as far to say that a fee had been agreed between Chelsea and Real Madrid for the Belgian. "I have been here for nearly 15 years, I joined when I was nine".




"They are all very happy, very comfortable at the club and they all encouraged me to make the move and have an global experience, and it's something I felt like doing".

"I've got a new opportunity in my career now and I have to make the most of it".

"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".

The 24-year-old Croatian worldwide previously played for Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, Italian club Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

He has now moved to Chelsea on a season long loan move as part of the deal that saw goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois move to Real Madrid.

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