Kovacic Asked Former Premier League Star for Advice Regarding Chelsea Move

Florence Fletcher
August 10, 2018

It's not only Atletico fans who are furious with Courtois, Chelsea supporters did not take too well to his badge-kissing antics on Thursday.

He said all the right things, speaking in Spanish through a translator, when asked about the eye-popping fee and appeared calm and composed while being asked to keep returning to the issue.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed to trigger the release clause of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of his proposed switch to the club.

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan". I'd love to play alongside him again and we'll have to see what happens in the future.

The 26-year-old appeared unwilling to wait a further 12 months to grant his move with Sarri publicly telling Courtois to confront him personally if he wishes to leave the club.

Courtois' arrival at Real Madrid threatens the place of incumbent starter Keylor Navas, who helped the team win the UEFA Champions League in each of the last three seasons.

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"He's a great keeper with excellent reflexes but it's not for me to say what his strong points are", Courtois said.

And the 23-year-old revealed that his fellow Spaniards provided him with some rave reviews of life at Chelsea, convincing him to make the move.

Belgium worldwide Courtois, 26, has yet to return to training and is linked with a move to Real Madrid.

"I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea", he told Chelseafc.com, per Sky Sports. "I've got two kids here and that had a significant role to play in my decision".

Kepa, who was one of David de Gea's understudies at the World Cup, believes his fee shows that clubs have a greater appreciation for goalkeepers these days.

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