Kepa said he became aware of Chelsea's interest in signing him to be the replacement for new Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois several weeks ago, and that Athletic had rebuffed several offers from the club before his buyout clause was met on Wednesday.
The Blues agreed to sell Courtois to Real Madrid on the condition that they could sign Croatia World Cup star Kovacic, with the deal confirmed by Chelsea on Thursday morning. I will try to do my best for this club.
The Chelsea boss has already made a decision to hand Kepa an immediate debut in the Blues' Premier League opener against Huddersfield on Saturday, though Kovacic is lacking the required match sharpness.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has been discussing just how happy he is to have put pen to paper on a deal to join Chelsea this summer.
Kepa has been drafted in to replace Thibaut Courtois, who has moved to Real Madrid in a £35m deal.
The teams didn't disclose terms of Courtois' transfer, but multiple outlets report Real Madrid will pay Chelsea £35 million (€39 million/$45 million) for his services.
In January, Madrid were set to meet his then-release clause of €20m as it looked increasingly unlikely that Navas would be renewing his contract with Madrid.
"I hope I'll be able to adjust & adapt as soon as possible". He also helped Belgium achieve a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I want to thank the fans for their great support.
"I was very young".
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.
"I grew a lot physically in England and now I'm more mature and more experienced". But the youngster has impressed when given the opportunity for both club and country and seems to be a good fit for a three-man Chelsea midfield alongside Jorginho and N'Golo Kante.