OFFICIAL: Chelsea sign record-breaking Kepa

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Kepa is a Chelsea player. ChelseaFC

OFFICIAL: Chelsea sign record-breaking Kepa

Tom Devlin by Tom Devlin @rfutbol - 0 +14k

Chelsea have officially announced the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, as a replacement for the outgoing Thibaut Courtois.

The Basque shot-stopper signs for a world record fee for a goalkeeper, after Chelsea activated his release clause earlier today. He was part of Spain's squad at the World Cup in Russia this summer. 

"The 23-year-old Spanish international goalkeeper arrives ahead of the new Premier League season having signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge," the club said in a statement. 

"Quick and agile, Kepa possesses fantastic reflexes and has developed his all-round game since establishing himself as Athletic Bilbao’s first-choice ‘keeper two years ago. A great shot-stopper, he is confident with the ball at his feet and capable of playing out from the back, even under pressure."

The player himself was very happy as he made the usual poses with the Chelsea shirt having completed his medical and agreed a deal with the west London team. 

"It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life," he said to Chelsea's official website.

"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."

Director Marina Granovskaia added: "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. 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."

Chelsea had been keen to get the deal over the line as quickly as possible, allowing Kepa to train with the team tomorrow ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener against Huddersfield, where he will likely start. 

 

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