Kepa: I want to go down in Chelsea history

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Athletic Club lost one of their own on Wednesday night as Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea, and the young Spaniard penned a farewell letter to the Bilbao club.

Chelsea subsequently signed Kepa Arrizabalaga in a world-record move for a goalkeeper to replace Courtois but it was far from an ideal scenario, with the Blues' Premier League opener with Huddersfield just around the corner.

Sarri guided Napoli to second place in Serie A in 2017-18 and earned plaudits across Europe for his attractive brand of football, and Kepa said he was keen to start working with the Italian coach.

"I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea", declared Kovacic.

"As you can see, I am in Lyon". I am joining a team that is winning all the time'. I personally like his style.

"But I want to let everyone know I have made the decision calmly and in a responsible way. I think I try to convey a calmness to the team, so they feel they have behind them a goalkeeper that is in control".

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The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause has been activated and his contract terminated, although there is no mention of Chelsea.

And shortly after posing kissing Madrid's badge, he issued a call for Belgium colleague Hazard to join him in Spain - a deal that continues to be a long-running saga for the player .

"I think that makes it doubly hard for this guy to come in and play".

"It's very fearless of the club to pay for me".

He has spent the past two seasons in Athletic's first team, making 53 La Liga appearances, and has one worldwide cap.

"It means a lot in my career & personal life".

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