Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois fulfilling 'a dream' with move from Chelsea

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With just a year remaining on his contract, the 26-year-old had been absent from training this week as he looked to push through a move before the transfer window ended for Chelsea on Thursday. Chelsea will now reportedly receive a cash fee and midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of a deal to send Courtois to Real.

The Blues faced a race against time as to sign the young global before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday at 18:00 CEST - tasked with convincing the shot-stopper to move to England, despite Kepa having just renewed his contract.

In making a move for Kepa the Blues eclipsed the previous world-record fee for a goalkeeper that was set by Liverpool in their acquisition of Roma's Alisson earlier this summer.

The seven-year deal signed by Kepa was made possible when Chelsea activated the 80million euros release clause in the Spanish international's contract with Bilbao.

The west London club completed a world-record deal for the 23-year-old last night and he will train with his new team-mates today.

Olivier Giroud has mixed feelings about Chelsea's transfer window, which will likely see Thibaut Courtois depart for Real Madrid but Eden Hazard resist the lure of the Spanish capital.

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. "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". "I demand a lot from myself so I'll just try to give everything I can to the team".

"But I want to let everyone know I have made the decision calmly and in a responsible way".

"I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days". Marca said "he would stay at Madrid" because "the club meant to increase his salary".

He also sustained a gut-wrenching defeat to Real in the 2014 Champions League final, when his new captain Sergio Ramos's injury time header denied Atletico glory, leading to Real winning 4-1 in extra-time.

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