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Kovacic 'really happy' to be at Chelsea

10 August, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Lora Ball
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Last season, the club reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Spain worldwide who has joined Chelsea as Courtois' replacement.

Asked what he can offer Madrid that Navas cannot, Courtois said it is hard to say.

Meanwhile, Kepa will replace the Belgium global in a deal that will see him become the world's most expensive goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

Today, Kepa Arrizabalaga completes his move to Chelsea....

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A move to Real Madrid will mean a return to Spanish football for Courtois, who played for Atletico Madrid before becoming Chelsea's number 1. The Belgium global has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and this may witness Los Blancos acquire him for a knockdown price of around £32m.

"He is sad that I am leaving because we are very close there but he told me that London is an fantastic city", said the new Chelsea signing.

"I would like to thank Chelsea's fans for being there for me in the last few years, I always wanted to win the Premier League and I did it twice, but now I have a new chance which I have to take".

Thibaut Courtois signed for Real Madrid on Thursday before revealing he is keen for former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to join him at the Bernabeu. "I need to do my best to prove myself".

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Arrizabalaga has played 53 La Liga matches for Athletic Bilbao since breaking into the team in 2016.

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.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea and has one global cap. "I am excited to play with him (Jorginho) and I think we will enjoy ourselves together on the pitch", he added.

It was a hard period for the London club after many headlines generated had to do with their star players leaving.

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