Chelsea, Real Madrid agree to Thibaut Courtois deal

Keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

As often happens, though, that only succeeded in raising his value rather than securing his long-term future, and Kepa is now the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

"I think we all know that, when you're a kid, there's always a club that really makes you sit up and take notice". I want to thank the fans for their great support. I will do everything I can to repay the trust they have put in me.

"There won't be additional pressure on me".

"I grew a lot physically in England and now I'm more mature and more experienced. I've got two kids here and that had a significant role to play in my decision".

With Arrizabalaga's arrival, the Blues are expected to sanction the departure of Courtois, who has been constantly leaning towards a Real Madrid move.

In a 90-minute spell, Chelsea agreed to sell Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros.

Chelsea appear to have learnt from their mistakes, with Kepa signing a seven-year contract.

Looking at the transfers as two completely separate components, it can be argued that Chelsea have done a fairly decent job given the tools they have had to work with.

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Giroud himself had been the subject of £20 million ($26m) interest from Marseille, but he has since expressed his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge.

"Some players take more time to adapt than others", he said.

"I hope they remember me fondly, and I wish them all the best".

It helps that Kepa has been with César Azpilicueta and Álvaro Morata on global duty.

"It's very fearless of the club to pay for me".

That bolsters Maurizio Sarri's midfield options significantly. I've said sorry and I do so again now. "I find Sarri's style and ideas very attractive". He was very happy with him.

Malyon believes that the deal means Chelsea are now developing other teams players rather than their own. "I don't think it will be a problem".

The LaLiga club's unique policy of only signing players hailing from the Basque region informs a policy of inserting substantial release clauses into the contracts of their prized assets. "But I agree there is a new way to value goalkeepers".

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