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Modric returns to Real Madrid training amid doubts over future

MADRID SPAIN- MAY 01 Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu Mateo Kovacic is set to join Chelsea on loan after admitting his unhappiness at Real Madrid
Betsy Taylor | 10 August, 2018, 08:59

It is a new league for me. "We goalkeepers are a separate group within the squad and I'm going to do all I can to make sure we all get on well". "I am joining a team that is winning all the time". "I will try to do my best for this club", He told Chelsea's official website.

He's only 23-years-old, thus could fill the void between the posts at Stamford Bridge for the coming decade.

"But I want to let everyone know I have made the decision calmly and in a responsible way".

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. Among his other honours won are a La Liga title and a Spanish Cup.

"Nobody has given me any guarantees about being the starter", Courtois said at his presentation with Madrid on Thursday.

"That doesn't mean I forget Athletic's values, the same ones I've followed for 15 years, and for that I have to thank the club and its supporters".

Chelsea's heach coach, Maurizio Sarri, has praised Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga as the club closes in on a deal for the Spain goalkeeper for a world record £71.6m.


"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".

Colombia centre-back Mina would be signing on a permanent deal for a fee of around £27m while Portugal global Gomes would move on a season-long loan for a fee of around £2m.

Sarri also hinted that Eden Hazard is likely to stay at the London club.

He later deleted the post but again thanked everyone involved with Chelsea once he had completed the move to Madrid.

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

"In terms of being the most expensive keeper in the world, it's something I don't think about", Kepa said.

"A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and awesome moments with, both on and off the pitch".

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