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Report after report has surfaced over Courtois' exit, with stories going as far to say that a fee had been agreed between Chelsea and Real Madrid for the Belgian.

His form caught Real Madrid's attention but mounting transfer speculation culminated in him signing a seven-and-a-half-year contract extension at San Mames in January.

It was a hard period for the London club after many headlines generated had to do with their star players leaving.

"Last but not least I want to thank the fans for their great support over the years".

Thibaut Courtois' desire to leave the club forced Chelsea to act fast, and they secured one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in world football to replace him in Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Maurizio Sarri's side face Huddersfield in their first game of the new Premier League season tomorrow (3pm).

Tottenham boss Pochettino happy to keep Alderweireld
I need their commitment - 25 players with full commitment but not only one week, two weeks, one month, but until January. Spurs failed to sign Jack Grealish on Deadline Day as Aston Villa stood firm on their refusal to sell at any price .

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC's website, Kovacic said: "I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea".

"I am incredibly happy to be here".

He already has 46 worldwide appearances to his name since debuting in 2013, and along with playing his part this summer as Croatia entered unchartered territory, he started each of their games at the World Cup in Brazil four years ago.

"A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and wonderful moments with, both on and off the pitch". We've got a great squad and I hope I can help the team to keep winning things. "I think I will be able to adapt", he said.

Madrid tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United after Casillas left but it missed a deadline and the deal didn't go through.

"The market in general has gone up a lot in the last few years", he said. Partly it is the contracts clubs have with the media now. "I'm a top goalkeeper, as are Keylor and Kiko [Casilla] and, from what I've seen of him, [Luca] Zidane". "It is a good way to acknowledge the importance of a good goalkeeper".

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