Chelsea Seal Club-Record Deal For Spanish Goalkeeper Kepa

Premier League giants Chelsea have completed the signing of Spanish international goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Arrizabalaga, 23, joins the Blues after the former Champions League winners paid the €80m buyout clause in his contract with the Spanish La Liga side.

The one-cap Spanish international has signed a seven-year deal at Stamford Bridge to become the club’s most expensive signing, usurping the £60m Chelsea paid Real Madrid for the services of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata.

He replaces former Chelsea first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who left for European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

In his first words as a Chelsea player, Kepa said: “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 concluded.