Chelsea agree club-record fee to complete third summer signing

10 August, 2018, 08:59 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Keylor Navas Real Madrid 2017-18

The Blues faced a race against time as to sign the young global before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday at 18:00 CEST - tasked with convincing the shot-stopper to move to England, despite Kepa having just renewed his contract. "If he ends up here one day, that would be brilliant". "I'm just going to be myself and try to give my best to the club".

Chelsea have confirmed the club's record signing of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Belgian worldwide had just one year on his contract and refused to sign an extension so Chelsea chose to cash-in rather than lose him for nothing in 12 months.

The 26-year-old also has a plaque outside the Wanda Metropolitano, along with all other players to have made over 100 appearances for the club.

"I received better paid offers but I wanted to be in the best club in the world and be close to my children".

Comfortable in either holding midfield or the centre of defence, Martinez won the Champions League in his first season with Bayern and has collected six consecutive Bundesliga titles, although persistent injury problems have plagued his time in Bavaria.

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Additionally, Chelsea now reportedly rid themselves of the pain in the side that would have been Thibaut Courtois should he have had to play in London this season. "From what people have told me, he's a really great guy, and from a professional point of view, I consider him a fantastic goalkeeper as well".

"I hope I'll be able to adjust and adapt as soon as possible".

As for Kovacic, the talented midfielder struggled for game time at the Spanish club last season as he grew more frustrated and disillusioned with life at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

"He's a wonderful player", Courtois said of Hazard who was also linked with a move to Real. "I am excited to play with him (Jorginho) and I think we will enjoy ourselves together on the pitch", he added.

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