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Modric returns to Real Madrid training amid doubts over future

10 August 2018
Modric returns to Real Madrid training amid doubts over future

The Belgian had failed to show up for training in a bid to force through a move to Madrid and on Wednesday night he finally got his wish when Chelsea managed to strike a deal with Madrid.

The Blues ended up smashing the world record fee for a 'keeper on Wednesday, when they agreed to splash out £71 million for Kepa to replace the Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois, who moved for just £35 million.

Going the other way on Thursday to Chelsea from the Primera Liga club was midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who has moved on a season-long loan.

Kepa came close to joining Real Madrid in January and yet there was no disappointment at the time as he eventually stayed in Bilbao.

The Spaniard's move came just weeks after Liverpool broke the record in a 72.5-million-euro move for Brazilian worldwide Alisson Becker from Roma.

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It's ironic that Arrizabalaga is heading to Chelsea to replace Real Madrid-bound Courtois, because just a few months ago he almost simplified the goalkeeper merry-go-round by moving to the Bernabeu himself.

"I arrived at Chelsea with [Petr] Cech there, and I ended up being first choice".

"The manager made me feel confident about playing here".

"In terms of the price, it's something I don't think about", Kepa said via a translator.

In January, Madrid were set to meet his then-release clause of €20m as it looked increasingly unlikely that Navas would be renewing his contract with Madrid.

However there is no clause in the deal that would permit Chelsea to automatically buy Kovacic, a Croatia global, next summer. I hope you will be very happy with them, with your children, Adriana and Nicolas.

What appears to be a massive oversight from Chelsea translates to the dream scenario for Real Madrid, however.

Everton left it late to make their deals, with three new faces confirmed in the final 30 minutes of the window.