Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Bilbao Confirm Arrizabalaga’s Release Clause Has Been Activated

Bilbao Confirm Arrizabalaga’s Release Clause Has Been Activated

The Belgium global has been yearning to return to Madrid to be close with his children and the Blues have granted him the wish after agreeing upon a club-record fee to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

But the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in most recent transfer windows, and tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United in 2015 only to miss the deadline.

Courtois spent three years on loan at Atlético Madrid from Chelsea, before becoming Chelsea's No 1 in 2014-15.

The fee is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

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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", Kepa said.

Athletic do not negotiate when it comes to selling their top stars because they limit themselves to only signing Basque players, meaning the only way Chelsea could bring Kepa to Stamford Bridge was by activating his buyout clause.

Neville has also given his verdict on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga joining Chelsea. The midfielder will join Jorginho in Chelsea's midfield who joined the Blues from Napoli.

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. He came through the youth categories at Genk, he made his debut with the first team in the 2008/09 season and settled there for two seasons.

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Julen Lopetegui says that he is reluctant to offload Mateo Kovacic, despite the midfielder wanting out of Real Madrid.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is eligible to play against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing his record move to Chelsea.

In a 90-minute spell, Chelsea agreed to sell Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros.

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