Chelsea sign Kepa in world record deal

Chelsea sign Kepa in world record deal

Athletic confirmed on Wednesday that the 23-year-old's release clause of 80million euros (£71m) was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea.

The Spain global, 23, has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge and joins the Blues for £71m - a world record fee for a keeper.

Courtois, part of the Belgium team that enjoyed their most successful ever World Cup, was due to return to training on Monday, but didn't show up.

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.

He has spent the past two seasons in Bilbao's first team, making 53 La Liga appearances, and has one global cap.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea.

"I am very happy to continue in what I consider my home", Kepa stated at the time.

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"It is a very important moment. for me and for my career, I am happy that after a long negotiation everything has come to fruition". So, I don't know.

"Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club".

Kepa could make his Premier League debut against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing a deal that director Marina Granovskaia believes will be great for Chelsea.

Kepa signed a seven-year contract and reacted to his quick switch to London.

Chelsea are reportedly close to securing the signature of midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old appeared unwilling to wait a further 12 months to grant his move with Sarri publicly telling Courtois to confront him personally if he wishes to leave the club.

"Real Madrid and Chelsea have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who will be linked to the club for the next six seasons", Madrid stated on their official website.

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