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Chelsea have just confirmed the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid as a part of the deal which landed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Santiago Bernabeu today.

The former Inter Milan midfielder joins Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The Croatia international told the club’s official website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season”.

 

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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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Real Madrid have announced the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea on a reported £35m fee plus the season-long loan of Mateo Kovacic.

The Belgian star, who skipped Chelsea training for two consecutive days ahead of ICC clash against Olympique Lyon, joins the La Liga giants after 7 years at Stamford Bridge.

An official statement read: “Real Madrid C.F. and Chelsea F.C. have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has signed for the club for the next six seasons.
 
After the medical that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, the player will be presented at 1pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
 
Subsequently, Courtois will go out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid C.F. jersey and will speak to the media in the press room”.

Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan.

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Chelsea have beaten Olympique Lyon on penalties tonight in the third game of International Champions Cup for Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

The Italian manager, when asked to provide an update on Thibaut Courtois‘ situation at the club and the potential signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga, told journalists at a press conference: “I saw him one year ago for Naples. My first impressions was that he is a very good goalkeeper, very young, but very, very good.

If I don’t know anything about Courtois, I don’t know anything about Kepa, of course”.

On Courtois: “I don’t know. I am here to talk about the match. I don’t know at this moment. I want to speak to the club and then see. I don’t know.

Tomorrow I might have a busy day, I have no time for the transfer market. I would like to improve my players first of all”

Meanwhile, Rob Green was Chelsea hero as he saved a crucial penalty which made way for Eden Hazard to score the decisive goal from the spot.

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Chelsea have identified Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga as their main target if Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid on a permanent move, as now looks likely.

The Blues are said to be in advanced talks to sign the 23-year-old on a £71.6 move which would be a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

It has been reported Chelsea representatives are expected to fly to Spain tomorrow to complete the deal and have him train on Thursday.

Chelsea will face Huddersfield Town in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Thibaut Courtois has today skipped Chelsea training for the second day in a row as rumors regarding a move to Real Madrid are growing up consistently.

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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 manager Maurizio Sarri spoke following today’s 2-0 defeat to Man City at Wembley. Sergio El Kun Aguero scored a brace to secure Pep Guardiola the Community Shield 2018.

When asked about the uncertainty around Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Willian’s future at the club, Sarri said: “I talk to them two days ago so I know what they will say to me tomorrow. I’m ready. But I think more good than bad.”

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.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri seemed satisfied about his team performance in tonight’s game vs Arsenal.

We had the first training on the 16 of July. We are late compared to Arsenal on the physical condition”. Sarri said in his post-match press conference. We have done very well in the first half and then we made a mistake in the last minute”.

Then the Italian manager praised Hudson-Odoi, one of the best Chelsea players tonight and “justified” Alvaro Morata who missed a penalty in the first half.  “Hudson-Odoi is a young player. We have to wait. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player”. Sarri explained. “Will he be in the first team squad? I think so He will be staying with us for all the season”.

On Morata, on the other hand: “I don’t know if he’s not confident. Maybe he was tired. The last three days for him have been very intense so maybe in this match he was tired”.

Finally, Maurizio Sarri spoke also about Willian, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois who could leave Chelsea in the last few days of 2018 summer transfer window. “I will see them on Saturday for the first time so I don’t know the situation in this moment. the Italian manager admitted. “We are talking about top players and I think every club wants to keep top players”.

 

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Real Madrid are considering to place a £100m bid to land both Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea winger Willian to Spain this summer, according to exclusive reports in the Mail Online.

The La Liga giants have been recently linked also with a move for Eden Hazard, but their interest in the Belgian star has reportedly ended after Chelsea slapped a £200m price-tag on him, as Spain publication AS reported yesterday.

Moreover, Real Madrid head-coach Julen Lopetegui wants to give Isco a more prominent role at the club next season.

David Luiz, speaking after Chelsea’s friendly game against Perth Glory in Australia, when asked about Willian’s future told Sky Sports“Yes, I heard him almost every day. He loves playing for Chelsea. Will he stay? I won’t let him go. I think he’s going to stay. Seriously, i’m not joking. Chelsea have to keep their best players”.

It is understood Chelsea rejected three bids from Barcelona for Willian before the La Liga champions signed Malcom on a £38m move.

Chelsea refuse £55m for Willian and Barcelona place last-minute bid for Malcom

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Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea despite several reports linked him with a move to Real Madrid according to AS.

The Spanish publication claimed earlier this morning that newly-appointed manager Julen Lopetegui wants to give Isco a more prominent role at the club.

And Chelsea have reportedly slapped a £200m price-tag on the Belgian starlet, who scored 2 goals at the World Cup this summer.

Real Madrid are also keen on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has reportedly agreed terms with the La Liga giants ahead of a purposed move to the capital. Courtois himself suggested he will follow Hazard wherever he will go in the future by claiming: “We won’t let each other go”.

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