Chelsea: Mateo Kovacic completes a loan deal to Stamford Bridge

Keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Thibaut Courtois has had to delete his farewell message to Chelsea fans after receiving too much abuse.

He said all the right things, speaking in Spanish through a translator, when asked about the eye-popping fee and appeared calm and composed while being asked to keep returning to the issue.

The Blues have confirmed that they have activated Spain global Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause of £71 million to sign him from LaLiga side Athletic Bilbao.

With Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid, Chelsea signed 23-year-old Arrizabalaga as an instant replacement for the Belgium worldwide.

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

Courtois, who had less than a year left on his Chelsea contract, wanted to move to Spain for personal reasons.

"I arrived at Chelsea with [Petr] Cech there, and I ended up being first choice".

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Despite that, he has maintained regular playing time and has accumulated over 100 appearances during his three years with Real, including in the Champions League, which Real Madrid have won every season since Kovacic joined. "I am a player who demands a lot from myself".

Today, Kepa Arrizabalaga completes his move to Chelsea....

Although Kepa conceded 43 goals in 30 league games last season, that was mainly due to the deficiencies of the weak team in front of him.

"When I [first] saw him play, I was just so struck by the fact that a keeper who was then only 18 could perform like that under such pressure".

Seen as a panic purchase by some, Chelsea have addressed a position of need and have now paved the way for Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois to finally make his dream move to Real Madrid. We've got a great squad and I hope I can help the team to keep winning things.

The Serbian is one of the most in-demand players in European football but a host of Premier League clubs baulked at his asking price; with the window in England now closed, Real have a virtually free run at the talented midfielder.

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