Chelsea's imminent world-record deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paved the way for his exit, allowing him to move for a reported £35million as Croatia midfielder Kovacic heads the other way.
"I just think about myself, be the same I've always been and try to give my best to the club".
" "Now I've come to the club where I really wanted to be and I want to fight for many years to win trophies."
Belgium global goalkeeper Courtois is poised to leave for the Bernabeu, with the news that Chelsea have activated Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause freeing up the 26-year-old to leave.
His form caught Real Madrid's attention but mounting transfer speculation culminated in him signing a seven-and-a-half-year contract extension at San Mames in January.
The goalkeeper has gone AWOL from Chelsea in a bid to force through a move and the Blues are already pushing to sign a replacement. "I am one more Madridista fan and I want to measure up to this badge".
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The Spaniard arrived to replaced Thibaut Courtois who joined Real Madrid earlier on Thursday evening.
What do you make of Chelsea's transfer business so far in this window? I think we had a good end to the season even if we didn't finish in the top four.
"I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days", he told Chelsea's official app, The 5th Stand. He also helped Belgium achieve a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
"I was very young".
On the face of it, this transfer appears to be nothing short of a calamity. I didn't expect to play last night but I feel good.
Just an hour or so after Thibaut Courtois had faced the cameras in Madrid, the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa was presented to the English media. Marca said "he would stay at Madrid" because "the club meant to increase his salary".