Schwarzer: Kepa signing 'one hell of a statement'

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea have only been willing to sell Courtois once they have a replacement on the books. Considered Spain's goalkeeper of the future, he was a reserve at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Bilbao are notorious non-negotiators, only selling their players for the fees of their release clauses or for the demanded club fee.

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

'I haven't trained a lot at Real Madrid because I badly wanted to come to Chelsea so I didn't do much training.

In some ways, one might say it is not, but in reality, the pros outweigh the cons of this deal.

He added that the decision to leave Athletic, where he spent seven years emerging from the club's youth ranks, was not an easy one to make.


Keylor Navas has vowed to fight Courtois all the way and defend his place as Real's No.1 goalkeeper.

Real Madrid midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has joined Chelsea on a season-long loan as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois moves in the other direction as was confirmed by Chelsea's official website and Twitter account just hours ago. A flawless type of keeper for the type of football new manager Maurizio Sarri will want to play.

Speaking about his move to Stamford Bridge, Kovacic expressed his excitement about the chance to play in the Premier League.

The Blues have had a busy couple of days in the transfer window, with Chelsea signing Kepa in a world-record deal yesterday.

Chelsea are fully focused on domestic competitions this season after failing to qualify for the Champions League last time out.

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