Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined Actual Madrid on a season-long mortgage deal.
The 28-year-old Spain worldwide, who joined the Blues in a £71.6m change from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018, is contracted on the Bernabeu till June subsequent 12 months.
Actual Madrid have been on the lookout for a brand new goalkeeper after Thibaut Courtois suffered an ACL harm in coaching on Thursday which is predicted to maintain him out for many of the season.
An announcement on Actual’s official web site mentioned: “Actual Madrid CF and Chelsea FC have agreed on the mortgage of the participant Kepa Arrizabalaga, who’s linked to the membership this season, till June 30, 2024.
“In his 5 seasons at Chelsea, he has received one Champions League, one Membership World Cup, one European Tremendous Cup and one Europa League.
“This 12 months, he has obtained the award for one of the best save within the Premier League for the 2022/2023 season.
“Kepa is a global with the Spanish staff, with which he has been proclaimed champion of the 2023 Nations League. With Spain, he additionally received the U19 European Championship in 2012.”
Kepa will likely be formally introduced as a Actual Madrid participant on Tuesday afternoon.
His return to Spain follows the arrival of 25-year-old compatriot Robert Sanchez at Stamford Bridge.
Sanchez made a £25m change from Brighton earlier this month and began Sunday’s 1-1 residence draw with Liverpool as teenager Lucas Bergstrom supplied the back-up on the bench.
Kepa has 163 Chelsea appearances below his belt and was handed the captaincy final season.
Nonetheless, he has change into surplus to necessities below new boss Mauricio Pochettino and can now work for a season below former Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“The membership want him effectively for the season forward in Madrid, the place he’ll work with former Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti,” Chelsea mentioned in an announcement.
Actual Madrid play their second La Liga sport on Saturday, towards Almeria, the place Kepa might make his debut.
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