Chelsea in talks to sign Athletic Bilbao keeper Arrizabalaga for £71m

Keylor Navas Real Madrid 2017-18

Keylor Navas Real Madrid 2017-18

He has since lost that status to Riyad Mahrez but the imposing Frenchman - his grandparents being of Basque descent made him eligible for Athletic - is well placed to established himself as City's first-choice centre-back this season, having already pocketed a Premier League winners' medal.

He got his first taste of elite European football during his two-and-a-half years in Dinamo's first team, and he remains the second-youngest player to have ever scored in the Champions League after netting against Lyon at just 17.

"When I saw Iker play, what caught my attention most was that, when 18 years old, he endured the pressure to play at the Bernabeu".

"I will try to do my best for this club".

He replaced Belgian worldwide Thibaut Courtois who was sold to Real Madrid after pleading to be reunited with his family.

"I want to continue to add success to this club's history".

The fee Chelsea have paid surpasses the £60m they spent on Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in July 2017.

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Asked what he can offer Madrid that Navas cannot, Courtois said it is hard to say. If they'd done all a little sooner, I'm sure they would have saved some Chelsea fans' hearts. "I had a great time there, but now this is my club and my home". Chelsea will now reportedly receive a cash fee and midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of a deal to send Courtois to Real.

"I am really happy and excited to be here @ChelseaFC".

Thibaut Courtois has threatened to upset his former club Chelsea club further by suggesting it would be "brilliant" if his Belgian compatriot Eden Hazard joins him at Real Madrid in the future.

He later deleted the post but again thanked everyone involved with Chelsea once he had completed the move to Madrid.

"At the end of the day I think some players take more time to adapt, others take less, everybody is different".

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.

Among the conflicting reports, Marca said that Modric, who joined Real in 2012, "did not consider his current salary matched the level of his performances" and that the player, who turns 33 early in September, was about to sign the best contract of his career.

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