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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he’s yet to make a decision whether goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will start for the Blues’ in their next Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Italian confirmed he spoke with the Spaniard to discuss once again what happened in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final, when the former Athletic Club star refused to be substituted.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Spurs clash, Sarri said: “I spoke with Kepa of course, then we spoke all together, because he said sorry to the technical staff. He said sorry to his team-mates, to the club. He made a big mistake but we don’t want to kill him”.

“After yesterday, the situation is finished. He is a young player, he made a mistake, but stop. If I am sure he understood he made a big mistake, it is finished. It was a really unusual situation. The players were very shocked. It was impossible to react immediately I think”.

“The captain spoke to me immediately after the match. He spoke with Kepa. Yesterday we spoke all together. The situation is very clear in the dressing room”.

Sarri added: “Maybe yes [Kepa will start], maybe not. It will be a decision for the group, for all the players. I have decide for my group. I want to send a message to my group. The message could be to be on the pitch or out of the pitch. I have to decide what is better for my group”.

“He made a mistake, a big mistake. There are some consequences. If the consequence is he plays, he has to be ready to play. If the consequence is he is on the bench, he has to be ready to go to the bench”.

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Chelsea have fined goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wage after the Spaniard refused to be substituted in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa ‘matter is now closed’ and insists ‘there was a misunderstanding’ when Willy Caballero was set to replace him before being forced to return to the dugout.

Sarri told Chelsea’s official website: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.”

“He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club. It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.

“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive Cup Final. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us”.

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Blues’ legend Petr Cech has announced today that he will retire at the end of this season.

The current Arsenal goalkeeper, played for a decade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

Cech made 494 appearances with Chelsea and he set a club record with his 228 clean sheets.

With the Blues the goakeeper won 4 Premier League titles, 4 Fa Cups, 3 League Cups and also one Europa League and most of all the 2012 Champions League.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga has been unveiled as Chelsea‘s new goalkeeper earlier this afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Will he be wearing the N°1 shirt? The 23-year-old, speaking at a press conference, told journalists: “First of all, hello. I am incredibly happy to be here It is a great challenge for me and a great step forward for my career. It is brave for the club to take me on. I don’t think about the price, just be myself and do the best I can for the club”.

“I came back from holiday on the 23rd and a few days into training I new the interest. There had been prior offers from Chelsea, but Athletic Bilbao don’t usually care about the interest. But I had known about the interest for a while”

“I think some players take more time, others less. Everyone is different. I hope I can adjust as soon as possible. The game is different, but I know other Spanish players in the Premier League and they have given me fantastic references about playing here”. 

“This is an experience and all experiences all make you better. It is a great step forward for me and in my personal life. I knew some of the players of Chelsea because I have played with them in Spain and at the World Cup in Russia. They all told me what it is like and I have had excellent references from them. They encouraged me to make the move”. 

“I don’t think there will be additional pressure, just the one I put on myself. I demand a lot from myself. I don’t really think about it, Chelsea have made a great bet on taking me in and I am really happy to be here. I will do everything to pay the trust they have put in me”. 

“I think I will be able to adapt to Maurizio Sarri‘s style of football. His style and ideas are attractive to me, and I had references from Pepe Reina who said great things about him. It won’t be too difficult, I expect to achieve a great growth, personally and collective and hope to win many titles and when I look back if I can be proud”.

“When I signed a new contract with Athletic I was not scared about the clause, of course I was thinking about the contract. I agreed with it and I started to become popular and there was talk about me, which made me very proud. In January I was coming to the end of the contract. There were negotiations [with Real Madrid] but I thought at the time I was happy to stay. Now is a new stage for me and I am really happy for that”.

“I would say the market in general has grown up in price a lot in the last few years. It has to do with many things. I agree this is the way to value the goalkeepers. It is great to see fees for strikers, but why not also for goalkeepers?” 

“The Golden Glove will be nothing more of the result from the season we will play. We have an exciting one, not only for me and we will go step by step”.

 

 

 

 

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New Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined the Blues on a world-record move from Athletic Bilbao, putting the pen to paper on a seven-year-deal with the Premier League side last night.

The Spaniard’s first interview as a Chelsea player was unveiled earlier this morning.

Kepa told the club’s official 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.”

He added: “It has been a tough decision for me, for my personal life a very important choice. Everything attracted me to sign for Chelsea, all the titles, the players, the city the Premier League. I followed the championship since I was child. I like the way of the football here, how much they respect the game, the supporters, the speed of the league and all the players here. It will be great to be one of the players in that league”.

The 23-year-old also labelled both Iker Casillas and Daniel Aranzubia as his favorite goalkeepers.

About Chelsea players: “I know all the players, they are familiar but I know personally all the Spaniish players. I have spoken to various players before I came here and I had excellent references from Morata Azpilicueta and Pedro. There are important players like Kante, Hazard, World Cup champion Giroud, Chelsea are a squad full of fantastic players”.

“I don’t really like describing myself, I prefers let others do it for me. I would say I am a calm and settled goalkeeper who tries to convey his calmness to the team. It’s very important that the team feel they have behind a keeper that is feeling in total control”.

On newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri: “I am looking forward to start working with him, looking forward the first training session together tomorrow. I have heard great things and references about Sarri, I can’t wait to see that first hand. I think his style is not too different from the style used in the Spanish national team or in many other national teams. I believe my qualities will fit. I personally like his style of football: it’s aggressive, he likes to attack putting pressure on the opposition and I like that”.

“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club. This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”

Kepa also sent a message to Chelsea fans: “I am looking forward and really excited to start playing for the club. We have a very exciting season ahead so let’s go for it. I ve come prepared: let’s see what we can achieve together”.

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Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Belgian star Thibaut Courtois on a £35m move which includes the season-long loan of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

Courtois wrote on his Instagram official account: “Hello CFC Family. With these few words I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a special place in my heart”.

“I was only nineteen years old when the club showed a great belief in my abilities. The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true. The decision to first send me away helped me to grow into a goalkeeper fit for Chelsea FC”.

“When I returned, I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two Premier League titles, a League Cup and a FA cup!”

“A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and amazing moments with, both on and off the pitch. The team would never be successfull without the help of all the other members who are devoted to the players and the club, such as the medical department, kit men and all the others who I can’t thank separately!”

Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao by tomorrow

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has not reported for training for the second consecutive day, Sky Sports News reported today.

The Belgian star wasHe was due for talks with new Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri yesterday, but a move to Real Madrid looks every day closer and closer.

On Courtois’ agent, who recently said the Belgian goalkeeper wants to live with his children in Madrid, he added: “I am not interested in the agent. I want to hear if Courtois will say the same to me. I only want players with a very high level of motivation.”

Chelsea have reportedly targeted Stoke City star Jack Butland as a potential target if Courtois leaves Stamford Bridge before Deadline Day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud have all returned to Cobham alongside with England international Gary Cahill and Michy Batshuayi.

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Chelsea have made Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford their main target to replace Thibaut Courtois if the Belgian star joins Real Madrid on a permanent move this summer.
The England international, who signed for the Toffees on a £30m fee last summer, has been a regular starter for the Red Lions at the World Cup under Gareth Southgate‘s management.
With Courtois reportedly heading to Santiago Bernabeu, Chelsea need a first-team goalkeeper, having already signed 38-year-old Rob Green earlier this week.

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Chelsea are in advanced talks with goalkeeper Robert Green over a short term contract on a free transfer.

The 38-year-old, who failed to get a single appearance with Huddersfield Town last season, was released by the club and would be a proper replacement of Eduardo.

The Portuguese keeper joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan a few weeks ago.

Moreover, Robert Green has a homegrown status which could help Maurizio Sarri in submitting the 2018/19 squad list fulfilling HGP criteria.

Hilario, Christophe Lollichon and Massimo Nenci are currently working with Chelsea goalkeepers.

 

 

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Today it was a day to remember for young goalkeeper Marcin Bulka: the youngster was included in the Starting XI by Maurizio Sarri and played his first game for Chelsea first team in the pre-season friendly vs Perth Glory.

Bulka is 18-year-old and he signed for Chelsea two years ago from FCB Escola Varsavia. He made his debut in Chelsea youth team last September vs Arsenal, and he was also in last year pre-season tour in China and Singapore.

Bulka has just one year left on his contract with Chelsea.

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