Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
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Thibaut Courtois To Join Real Madrid After Chelsea Agrees Transfer

Thibaut Courtois To Join Real Madrid After Chelsea Agrees Transfer

Chelsea, meanwhile, have already secured their replacement for the big Belgian in the sticks after triggering the £71 million release clause for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to join Chelsea in a a loan deal, sources have told Yahoo Sport.

Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga has shown enormous progress in his time in La Liga, however is hardly a proven goalkeeper and lacks the acumen to bolster Chelsea as they begin their quest for success under Maurizio Sarri.

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"It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life", said the goalkeeper.

Navas has helped Madrid to three successive European crowns but the Costa Rica international's future is in doubt after the Spanish giants agreed a deal with Chelsea for Courtois.

'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 is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival", insisted Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

Athletic do not negotiate when it comes to selling their top stars because they limit themselves to only signing Basque players, meaning the only way Chelsea can bring Kepa to Stamford Bridge is by activating his buyout clause.

Real Madrid announced in its statement Courtois will sign a six-year contract, and the club will present him to its fans Thursday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Kepa becomes Chelsea's second major signing since Maurizio Sarri's appointment as their new boss.

"(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".

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