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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. "I find his style and ideas very attractive".

"I'm really looking forward to starting to work with [Sarri]", Kepa told the official Chelsea app The 5th Stand.

'I have references on him from players like Pepe Reina and others. "I know they are maybe not too happy at the moment, but I wish them all the best and I hope they remember me well".

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Kepa said he had spoken with Chelsea's Spanish contingent of players before joining the club and was given glowing reports about life at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Courtois reiterated that family reasons were the driving force behind his move back to Spain , where his family live, and not money.

Liverpool are the window's biggest spenders so far, with boss Jurgen Klopp bringing in 160 million euros of new recruits, but the total spend by Premier League clubs is unlikely to smash the 1.4 billion euros record set in 2017.

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Yet, we must consider that Arrizabalaga has shown in his two seasons with Athletic Bilbao's first team to be a class goalkeeper, one that notoriously was heavily sought after just this past January by Real Madrid before Los Blancos turned their attention towards Thibaut Courtois.

While not discussing the status of the transfer, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said that Kepa was "very young, but very, very good".

"What attracted me to Chelsea?".

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"Certainly after this World Cup I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want to let me go".

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