Chelsea complete signing of Kepa as Courtois goes to Real
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 09, 2018,
Aug 09, 2018, 10:15
"I saw (Kepa) one year ago, my first impression was that he is a very good goalkeeper, very young but very good", said the Italian coach after his team drew 0-0 with Olympique Lyonnais in a friendly.
Kovacic will join Chelsea on loan until June 30, 2019 as part of the deal, with the Croatia worldwide spending a season away from the club he joined from Inter Milan in 2015.
Kepa has signed a seven-year deal after joining from Athletic Bilbao, who confirmed earlier in the day that the 23-year-old's release clause of 80million euros (£72.1m) was activated and his contract terminated.
Courtois has been at the west London club since 2011, and wrested the No. 1 jersey from club favourite Petr Cech after shining during a loan spell with Atletico Madrid as a youngster.
His future has always been speculated amid Madrid's pursuit of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, however, the veteran has played a key role in the capital.
Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles.
Chelsea's transfer window has suddenly gone from bad to slightly better as the Blues have finally completed a huge swap deal with Real Madrid. The midfielder will join Jorginho in Chelsea's midfield who joined the Blues from Napoli.
"On Wednesday 8 August, 2018, at 12:02 hours, the Spanish Football League [LFP] has certified to our club that player Kepa Arrizabalaga has complied with the requirements to end unilaterally his contract that linked him with Athletic Club", a statement issued by Athletic read.