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Chelsea confirm the capture of Croatia World Cup star Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea confirm the capture of Croatia World Cup star Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro swoop for Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday as the Premier League transfer window prepared to slam shut.

He has signed a seven-year contract at the club and replaces Thibaut Courtois, who has joined Real Madrid.

Chelsea have completed their third signing of the transfer window, breaking the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper that was recently set by Liverpool when the Reds purchased Brazil global Alisson Becker.

Maurizio Sarri takes his position on the touchline for his first Premier League game and dishes out instructions to his players
Maurizio Sarri takes his position on the touchline for his first Premier League game and dishes out instructions to his players

Athletic confirmed on Wednesday that the 23-year-old's release clause of 80million euros (£71m) was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea.

One Twitter user took to the social media platform to joke that the plaque wouldn't look clean for long, accompanied by a photo of Courtois in his Chelsea kit with the plaque.

That task looked set to be more hard after he starred for Belgium at the World Cup but, not the type to court controversy, Hazard has not tried to force his club's hand despite making it clear he would welcome the chance to represent Real Madrid. I just think Chelsea have made a great bet in taking me. The only pressure I experience is the pressure I put on myself. "I've got two kids here and that had a significant role to play in my decision". "I know they are maybe not too happy at the moment, but I wish them all the best and I hope they remember me well".

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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.

"But the most important thing is to open a new page with our club and to be ready to give everything for the club".

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"I want to thank them for the last four years I have been there", he said via Standard.

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