Spanish side Athletic Bilbao have officially confirmed the departure of their goal keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from the club ahead of a move to English side Chelsea.
A statement released by the Communication section of the club confirmed that Kepa has paid his release clause of $80 m at the La Liga Office therefore paving way for the termination of his contract with the Basque club.
“On Wednesday August 8, 2018, at 12:02 hours, the Professional Football League has certified to our entity that the player Kepa Arrizabalaga has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the employment contract that linked him to Athletic Club . The aforementioned certification states that the player has expressed his desire to terminate and unilaterally resolve the relationship that joined him since the 2004/05 season and that the amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited, “he begins.
After thanking his contribution, the statement states that “Athletic Club will continue to work so that being part of its first team remains the highest personal and professional aspiration of each and every one of the players, representatives of a unique sport philosophy and project. . Our future is built on a choice freely adopted in the past and that only carries a sense of pride. Hundreds of players and players who have considered our first team as their aspiration have served this election; and this bet is found both in those who have remained in Athletic throughout their sporting career due to their own desire, as well as in those who have had an unwanted exit resulting from the technical decisions of each moment “.
English Premiership club, Chelsea have moved for Kepa after their first choice goal keeper, Thibaut Courtois informed the club officials he wants a move away from the London club.
The 23 year old keeper would now be the most expensive goal keeper after just three weeks of Liverpool’s signing of Alisson Becker from Roma.