The uncertainty in Chelsea’s goalkeeping department ahead of the 2018/19 football season has been sorted out as the Blues have signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Kepa arrives in a record deal from the Basque club worth £71 million, making him the current most expensive goalkeeper in football presently.

The Spanish international will replace Belgium international Thibaut Courtois who has joined Real Madrid.

“It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,” Kepa told the club’s official website.

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“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.”

Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia also spoke on the Blues’ latest addition:

“Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival. He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years. His long-term contract reflects the belief we have in him and we look ahead to the coming seasons with an enormous sense of optimism.”

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The club has made it clear that they would only allow Courtois to leave Stamford Bridge this summer if they found a suitable replacement for the Belgian.

“Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical,” a statement from Chelsea read.

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