World and club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga is happy to have joined Chelsea this summer, under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
The Blues were unlikely to sign a goalkeeper this summer, raising speculation they could settle for a troubled Courtois, who was keen on moving to the Spain’s capital Madrid, to play for Los Blancos.
Surprisingly, they made a move for Athletic Bilbao’s 6ft 2 towering guard Kepa Arrizabalaga, as they prepared to offload Courtois.
There had been conflicting reasons on who would fill his [Courtois] slot when he headed for Santiago Bernabeu.
England’s Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford, and Jasper Cillessen, Schmeichel, had joined the fray, all rumoured with a move to join the FA Cup champions.
It is understood Chelsea had developed interests in Kepa earlier this year, but all that noise was buried, until now.
The 23-year-old has been given plaudits for his calm nerves even in a torpedo, and has been credited for his lightening reflexes.
Brows have been raised on whether he can slot seamlessly into the growing difficult demands and intensity of the Premier League, given his young age.
The 23-year-old also revealed that he had spoken to Spanish keeper Pepe Reina about Sarri, who had worked under the Italian during their stint at Napoli.
He told Chelsea official website: “I have references about him from players like Pepe Reina, who was at Napoli and knows him, and was very happy with him. Maurizio’s style is not unlike the style used with the Spanish national team where I’ve played for many years so I don’t think it will be a problem.”