Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71.6m deal from Athletic Bilbao

The Spanish professional goalkeeper arrives on the eve of Thibaut Courtois’ departure from Stamford Bridge,from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6m on a seven-year deal.

He becomes the sixth Spaniard in Chelsea’s squad, joining Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Alvaro Morata.

The Blues’ Sports Director Marina Granovskaia told Chelsea website, “Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival.

“He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years.

Granovskaia added: “Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival.

“His long-term contract reflects the belief we have in him and we look ahead to the coming seasons with an enormous sense of optimism.”

Kepa’s release clause earlier on Wednesday, Chelsea’s £71.6m deal surpasses the £67m Liverpool spent to bring Alisson Becker to Anfield earlier this summer.

Kepa told Chelsea’s club website.”It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.

“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”

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