Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has joined the Galacticos on a season-long loan to replace Thibaut Courtois who suffered an ACL injury last week and is expected to be out for the majority of the season.
The Spaniard joined Chelsea five years ago after making an €80 million move, the highest transfer fee for any keeper to date.
He would have faced competition at Chelsea following the arrival of Robert Sanchez from Brighton.
Courtois is expected to be out for several months and Real Madrid was on the lookout for an experienced but affordable replacement.
Kepa was reportedly close to joining Bayern Munich but the deal was put on hold after Real Madrid’s interest in signing the Spaniard.
The 28-year-old hopes his loan move to Real Madrid gets permanent in the next summer.
“Will I stay after the loan? Hopefully. Today is the first day. We’ll see. Hopefully with my performance I can make that happen,” Kepa said.
“I’m very proud to be at Real Madrid. I’ll never be short of hard work, commitment and effort with this jersey both in training and in matches,” added Kepa.