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Kepa and Kovacic speak after Chelsea move

Chelsea have officially completed the signing of world record goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Real Madrid midfielder Matteo Kovacic.

Kepa joins the Blues on a 7-year-deal which could run until 2025, signing for a record fee of £71.6m. His arrival spells an end to Belgian international Thibaut Courtois’ stay at Stamford Bridge, with the stopper joining Real Madrid for £35m.

Courtois joining Madrid meant that Croatian midfielder Kovacic was allowed to come the other way, albeit on loan for the season. The 24-year-old will provide cover in the midfield area for the Blues, and could be set to start their Premier League opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.

23-year-old Kepa told Chelsea’s official app, the 5th stand, that he wants to win titles at Stamford Bridge.

“All clubs needs to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club,” said the Spaniard.

“This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club, when I leave years down the line, as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him [Maurizio Sarri], I am really looking forward to the first training session [on Thursday]. I’ve heard great things about him, great references.

“I can’t wait to see that first hand, to meet him and work with him. I think his style isn’t too different from the style we used in the Spanish national team. I believe my qualities will fit with his style.

“I know all the Spanish players that I have played with in the various age groups for Spain. I have spoken to various players before I came here; Azpilicueta, Morata and Pedro.

“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.”

Kovacic also expressed his excitement to join the Blues, telling the club’s official website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”

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