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Final say Kepa Arrizabalaga is pondering a move to Chelsea

Seen as a panic purchase by some, Chelsea have addressed a position of need and have now paved the way for Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois to finally make his dream move to Real Madrid.

Courtois ended his goodbye with: "I wish you all the best for the future".

Chelsea do not generally unveil their new players, but they no longer generally break world record transfer fees either and it was impossible for Kepa to put that particular subject to bed.

Chelsea has signed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao to replace Thibaut Courtois, the Premier club announced on Wednesday. This would be the second time it has been broken during this window after Liverpool won the race to sign Allison from Roma.

The 26-year-old added: "I had to take the chance (to come back) because my two kids are here".

A video on Real Madrid's official Twitter feed showed Courtois signing his contract alongside club president Florentino Perez. Real are desperate for midfield reinforcements after Mateo Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan and they are also facing the prospect of losing Luka Modric to Inter Milan before the month is out. It appeared the club were interested in signing the Belgium talisman after he hinted at a move away following his excursions at the World Cup.

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Sanchez had previously played in England with Aston Villa and he said: "I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream".

"He's a wonderful player", Courtois said of Hazard who was also linked with a move to Real.

Kepa earning more than £190K-a-week at Chelsea is the true reflection of our desperation, rather than the transfer fee we paid for him.

Chelsea snapped up the 23-year-old Spaniard after triggering his whopping £71 million release clause.

"They have told me what it's like to play here and I've had excellent references from them".

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