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New Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa: I want Hazard to stay

New Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa: I want Hazard to stay

According to Matt Law of The Telegraph, Chelsea have agreed to meet Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga's buyout clause, which would make the Basque shot stopper a world record signing at €80 million. "I'm going to discuss that with the club at the right time". I have been a rival and I know what it is to face Real Madrid.

Belgium worldwide goalkeeper Courtois is poised to leave for the Bernabeu, with the news that Chelsea have activated Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause freeing up the 26-year-old to leave.

In filling the void created by Thibaut Courtois' departure to Real Madrid, the 23-year-old Kepa sees the sums now being allocated for glovemen as a reflection of their growing worth.

The 26-year-old only had a year left on his deal and has been absent from training this week as he looked to push through a move before the transfer window ended for the Blues on Thursday. The only pressure I experience is the pressure I put on myself. "Nobody is guaranteed a starting spot and I have come here to work hard and it's up to the coach to decide the rest".

And thus, Kepa's move to Chelsea was triggered by Courtois leaving for Real Madrid, the very club that very almost prised the Spain worldwide from Athletic in the first place.

As often happens, though, that only succeeded in raising his value rather than securing his long-term future, and Kepa is now the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

"I think I will be able to adapt", he said.

"I don't know about Thibaut", Giroud said after Chelsea's 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Lyon on Tuesday.

The two have been teammates at Chelsea and both played important parts in Belgium's run to third place at the World Cup in the summer.

"I was very young".

"I grew a lot physically in England and now I'm more mature and more experienced". He signed a fresh deal that would keep him at the club until 2025, with his release clause raised to €80m - describing Bilbao as his "home" and the club he believed he would develop the best at.