Monday, 15 October, 2018

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid from Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois GETTY Thibaut Courtois has been on an extended break after the World Cup
Rita Gibson | 09 August, 2018, 12:24

Chelsea tonight confirmed the club record £71 million signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Marina Granovskaia has endured a torrid summer with regards to recruitment, however, with the Blues having avoided losing Eden Hazard, replacing the outgoing Courtois and also secured Mateo Kovacic on a year-long loan, the summer is certainly looking brighter.

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Blues fans feared Hazard may depart Stamford Bridge in this transfer window, particularly when he hinted at an interest in moving to Real Madrid after the World Cup.

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.

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He has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. Gates said he was responsible for collecting all relevant documents for the loan applications.

Kepa is eligible to make his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League opener against Huddersfield Town on Saturday and said: "It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life".

"(He has ended) the relationship that linked him to us since the 2004-05 season and the amount of compensation established in the contract has been deposited".

The Basque club on Wednesday confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause of €80million (£72m) was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea.

Chelsea have rushed through a deal for Kepa in the last 48 hours after finally confirming Courtois is leaving.

Just weeks after Liverpool broke the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper in a deal worth up to 72.5 million euros for Brazilian global Alisson Becker, the inexperienced Kepa, 23, now inherits the title of the world´s most expensive goalkeeper.

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