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Chelsea‘s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has impressed with some good performances in his first part of the season at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard said the fee paid by Chelsea for him and the fact of replacing Thibaut Courtois are not putting pressure on him: “I wouldn’t call it pressure, I would just say it is how the transfer market goes”. Kepa told Sky Sports. He went and I came in and I’m not one to focus on the comings and goings”.

Courtois won several trophies with Chelsea and now Kepa want to do the same as his colleague with the Blues: “I’m focused on myself and there is a great opportunity for me to come here. I wanted to take advantage of this and enjoy my football and look forward and not back”. the goalkeeper went on. “I’m happy here both on a personal and a team level and I’m happy here in London. Looking towards the future excites me with the possibilities we have to improve and I’m excited about what the future might bring.”

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Eden Hazard claims, again, that his dream has always been to play for Real Madrid and, soon or later, he will transfer to the Santiago Bernabéu, something that he wanted to do already to last summer:

“I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” Hazard said on Sunday after Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

“I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment.

Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.

“We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time but we will talk about my future soon.”

Hazard is out of contract at the end of next season ( June 2020) which means once the current campaign ends, he’ll be in the same position as international team-mate and former Chelsea goalkeeeper Thibaut Courtois, who forced a move to Madrid this summer.

The Belgian keeper had just a year left on his contract, reducing his transfer value, and he failed to turn up for pre-season training at Chelsea before completing a transfer in August.

However, Hazard says he’s got a lot of respect for Chelsea and wants to avoid a repeat:

“I don’t want that. I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything.

“I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract’ and then in the end I don’t end up signing. So I will see.

“Sometimes in my head, I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”

Hazard says trophies will not be the driving factor behind any transfer decision he makes, despite Chelsea having finished sixth last season and thus failing to qualify for the current Champions League a competition Real Madrid have won three times in a row in the last years:

“It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win. But I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.”

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Just few hours after Thibaut Courtois’ words on the differences between Chelsea and Real Madrid, the Belgian’s replacement at Stamford Bridge Kepa Arrizabalaga explained why this summer he chose to sign for the London club.

It’s a great club, that in the last few years has won the Champions League, the Europa League, the Premier League”, Kepa told Spanish sports paper As. “It’s a team with great players.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made his debut with Real Madrid on Saturday, then he said the European Champions are better than the London club under many aspects.

“I get on with everyone very well, the communication with the defence is going well, even during the competition,” Courtois told Het NieuwsbladIn training, you see that the level is high. I am now experiencing on a daily basis that Sergio Ramos is the best centre-back in the world. The level [at Real Madrid] is higher than at Chelsea.”

Also, the Belgian goalkeeper went on admitting the atmosphere at Santiago Bernabeu is more fascinating then the one at Stamford Bridge: “It’s twice as big, of course, it’s a very different feeling. If you look forward, you only see a wall of people while at Stamford Bridge you can still see the sky or the hotel behind the grandstand,” he said. “Of course, this was not the first time I’ve played here. I know the language and I know the stadium. The first few minutes [against Leganes], I was stunned, but then I felt right.”

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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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