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

Transfer news

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.

Related News:

  • Transfer deadline day: Manchester United 'launch shock Diego Godin bid'

    Transfer deadline day: Manchester United 'launch shock Diego Godin bid'

    The newspaper also claimed United have contacted Atletico, with Mourinho determined to bring in one more signing. Any hope that Manchester United would sign Diego Godin on transfer deadline day didn't last very long at all.
    Chief:

    Chief: "More questions than answers" after mother drowned daughter in river

    A member of the TPD dive team discovered the unconscious child underwater at about 4:30 p.m., according to police. In 2015, police say a man threw his 5-year-old daughter to her death off the Skyway Bridge in St.
    Actor Ving Rhames held at gunpoint in his own home

    Actor Ving Rhames held at gunpoint in his own home

    He said once he opened the door, a police officer told him to put his hands up while pointing his pistol at the actor. By sheer coincidence, one officer (who Rhames remembers being a captain with the Santa Monica Police) recognized him.
  • When 5G networks get here, Motorola’s newest smartphone will be ready

    When 5G networks get here, Motorola’s newest smartphone will be ready

    Google , which had a greater ambition for modular phones and LG, which tried modular phones once, have both given up on the idea. There is an 8-megapixel image sensor at the front for selfies with 1.12 micron pixels and 84-degree field of view.
    CBS Chief Les Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    CBS Chief Les Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    Moonves in a statement to the publication acknowledged trying to kiss Douglas but denied the characterization of it as an assault. Bizarrely, Moonves, who began his career as an actor, is the great-nephew of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion.
    Ex-Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne dies aged 66

    Ex-Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne dies aged 66

    The former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Sergio Marchionne , who was the architect of the dramatic turnaround of the automaker, has died. Marchionne had "created a remarkable legacy", said Mary Barra, the GM boss that rejected Marchionne's tie-up advances.
  • US Intelligence: North Korea Is Continuing to Produce ICBMs

    US Intelligence: North Korea Is Continuing to Produce ICBMs

    North Korea has threatened to attack the USA and its allies with nuclear weapons on numerous occasions. It is unclear how the USA has already determined they are likely to be American.
    Tour de France 2018 win confirmed ahead of final stage

    Tour de France 2018 win confirmed ahead of final stage

    But his teammate Pierre Latour boosted their campaign by winning the white jersey for the best-placed rider aged under 25. He told Sky Sports News: "I think it's been the most emotional of all our victories.this is a different story altogether".
    'Left at God's mercy': Greeks seek answers as fire toll rises

    'Left at God's mercy': Greeks seek answers as fire toll rises

    About 500 homes were destroyed, and the fire brigade said there were closed-up homes that had not yet been checked. He said police had testimonies to that effect, but did not elaborate.
  • Transfer: Manchester United finally 'agrees' personal terms with Tottenham midfielder

    Transfer: Manchester United finally 'agrees' personal terms with Tottenham midfielder

    The window for signing new players slammed shut on Thursday at 5pm with Jose Mourinho failing to bring in any additional players. We change teams from match to match, players are arriving step by step, some of the players have not had one single match".

    Trump says he's willing to talk to Iran without preconditions

    Thirdly, Iran is not almost as politically isolated as North Korea , as Rouhani's recent visit to Europe demonstrates. Trump's statements drew responses from the U.S.as well. "For now, it's not appropriate to talk with the U.S".
    Horner slams Renault's below par product

    Horner slams Renault's below par product

    Horner said he would let Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul "come up with the excuses afterwards". Honestly." In more sober mood post-race, he reflected: "We're throwing valuable points away.


Most liked

PDP commends Osinbajo, demands Buhari's expulsion from UK — NASS Siege
Daura was appointed to head the agency on 2 July following the sacking of Ita Ekpeyong by President Muhammadu Buhari. The blockade came amid heightened tensions between lawmakers and the presidency.

Rick Gates Set to Testify Against Ex-Boss Paul Manafort
Gates admitted that at Manafort's behest, they later created a loan agreement for Lyovochkin's payment, though no loan existed. On Tuesday, Gates did connect one part of the bank fraud charges against Manafort to his role in the Trump campaign .

Android P is called ‘Pie’ and is now available for Pixel smartphones
Out of nowhere, Google just announced that the latest version of Android , Android P , is officially called Android 9 Pie . The digital wellness features are all still in beta, and won't be included when you get the update.

OH judge orders man's mouth taped shut during sentencing
As Williams was in contempt of court, Russo was well within his legal rights to order Williams to be gagged in the courtroom. Later, the frustrated judge asked: "Does the comment, 'quit talking, ' do you understand that?" In the 1970 case IL v.

Meghan Markle will go without Prince Harry details
According to Samantha's tweets, she not only took issue with her sibling, but also with the entire royal family. The Royals are an embarrassment for being so cold.

FUEL EFFICIENCY: Trump proposes rollback of Obama's clean auto rules
The Natural Resources Defense Council said the administration is "driving our auto future in reverse". The Trump administration wants to take away California's right to set higher standards.

Remains from North Korea likely American soldiers who fought at Chosin Reservoir
Army soldiers who fought in the November, 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir - 1,024 Americans are still missing from that battle. The site hosted a famous battle fought from November to December of 1950 during the Korean War. "But we'll see what happens".

Smoking ban in all public housing takes effect nationwide
The smoking ban goes beyond the inside of apartment units. ►Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. In South Dakota, nearly 3000 people live in public housing, but the rule is nothing new in KOTA Territory.

Russian Federation trying to hack U.S. elections confirms Trump administration in SHOCK outburst
Right before the briefing began, the White House released a letter Bolton sent to Senate Democrats about election interference. Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he's often asked what he sees as the biggest threats to the U.S.

California's Carr Fire 30 Percent Contained As New Blazes Erupt Elsewhere
The huge Redding area blaze has displaced 38,000 from their homes and killed six people, and police say four people are missing. He bought his three-bedroom house a year ago using a loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs .

Newcastle transfer latest as Liverpool 'confident' of securing striker deal
United were understood to be planning a £65 million swoop for Maguire that would have made him the most expensive English defender.

Trial of Ex-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Set To Begin
The case is being prosecuted by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Jury selection is underway in the trial of Paul Manafort , President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

UK Foreign Secretary Really Just Called His Chinese Wife 'Japanese'
Wang had made an offer "to open discussions about a possible free trade deal done between Britain and China post Brexit". However, he was quick to realise his mistake as he immediately added, "Sorry, that's a bad mistake to make".

Priyanka Chopra engaged to young singer Nick Jonas
According to a trade source, "On one of her trips to India, Priyanka had shot for two days for Bharat , in Mumbai ". PeeCee's exit was confirmed by the director of the film, Ali Abbas Zafar in a rather cryptic manner.

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Plane
Conricus added that the plane was flying towards Israel at "relatively high speed" before breaching the country's airspace. A spokesman for the Israeli military said yesterday that Israel's policy in Syria still remains one of "non-interference".