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3 minutes ago, Sexyfootball said:

I hope we give him the #1 shirt as well. I'm sure Willy won't mind wearing something else :-)

Willy could wear number 69 (Yes i'm an 11 year old)

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2 hours ago, RIP Mourinho said:

Didn't even realise 7 year contracts were legal. I thought you could only offer 5 years with a clause for a 6th year option. 

Yeah, I was just going to post this. That was my understanding as well, I’m sure someone posted about the contract limits in the CHO thread and the highest was 5 years!

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5 minutes ago, EdinburghBlue said:

Yeah, I was just going to post this. That was my understanding as well, I’m sure someone posted about the contract limits in the CHO thread and the highest was 5 years!

Under 18's can only sign 3 year deals, but I don't think there is a limit after that. Koke signed an 8 year deal a couple of years back.

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Being realistic, not on Tibo's level atm but definitely has the potential to get up there. The fact hes only 23 is very nice also, im excited for this!

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11 minutes ago, EdinburghBlue said:

Yeah, I was just going to post this. That was my understanding as well, I’m sure someone posted about the contract limits in the CHO thread and the highest was 5 years!

 

5 minutes ago, big blue said:

Under 18's can only sign 3 year deals, but I don't think there is a limit after that. Koke signed an 8 year deal a couple of years back.

  • a player can only sign a professional contract when he is 15 years old or older; it has to be co-signed by his parents or custodians;
  •  a player who is 18 years old or younger can only sign a contract for a maximum of 3 years;
  • all other contracts are limited to 5 years;
  • the minimum length of a contract is from its effective date until the end of the season;
  • a contract between a professional and a club may only be terminated upon expiry of the term of the contract or by mutual agreement;
  • a contract may be terminated by either party without consequences of any kind (either payment of compensation or imposition of sporting sanctions) where there is just cause;
  • The validity of a contract may not be made subject to a successful medical examination and/or the grant of a work permit.

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14 hours ago, mojo said:

 

 

14 hours ago, Scott Harris said:

His smile is as close to Jack Nicholson's Joker smile as I have ever seen :biggrin:

I always think of Matt Damon when I see Dave

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3 hours ago, EdinburghBlue said:

Yeah, I was just going to post this. That was my understanding as well, I’m sure someone posted about the contract limits in the CHO thread and the highest was 5 years!

In America baseball teams were giving 10 year contracts for a while, but clubs learned that it hurt them in the long run. so it will be interesting to see if contracts get to that length and if they realize that signing players to ridiculous contracts doesn't help them. 

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Good little article on Kepa by Ed Malyon.

 

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Kepa is certainly a panic buy for Chelsea - but still a deal that gives them an excellent goalkeeper for his prime years

 

The Spaniard is a brilliant young player from an academy with a record of producing quality

It was only a year ago that Manchester City spent €40m (£33m) on Ederson, a goalkeeper with one international cap, to make him the most expensive goalkeeper ever. 

As it turns out, with four of the five most costly goalkeepers in history moving since, City appear to have been ahead of the curve in picking up an elite shot-stopper for a relative bargain. 

At the conclusion of the Ederson deal, one that raised eyebrows initially, City officials said that by the end of the summer that price would look like a good one. A year on, it looks even better.

That is not necessarily to say that Chelsea are overpaying for Kepa, an €80m (£71m) goalkeeper who just like Ederson has a sole international cap to his name. But they are paying the top-of-the-market rate at a time when the market has spiralled out of control. 

At 23, you can justify such an outlay on a player if you are sufficiently convinced he will be the long-term answer at the position, and in goal that is even more obvious. David De Gea's signing by Manchester United comes to mind, though that deal was clearly more thought out than Kepa's surprise arrival in West London. 

Had Chelsea been long-term suitors of Kepa who thought he could be their number 1 for the next decade then they could have got him for a quarter of this price back in January. But they didn't. 

This is undeniably a panic move from the Blues but they have nonetheless secured a fine young goalkeeper who will repay them with performance after performance. He is a brilliant reaction stopper, his long kicking is excellent and his short-passing game is good enough for La Liga. Bulk and dominance will come with experience and a specially-designed training programme.

Pepe Reina has been a mentor to the youngster and told Kepa that playing under Sarri, as Reina had done at Napoli, would be a great move for his career and that helped convince the 23 year-old that this was the right time for him to make a big move. 

The most obvious comparison for Kepa, as a big-money, highly-rated young Spanish goalkeeper who arrived in the Premier League, is De Gea but his path to the top is actually more similar to a player like Jordan Pickford. 

Like Pickford, Kepa began his career in the youth system of a big club in the north and was farmed out on loan to gain experience. On promotion to first-team duties, both impressed and won their respective number 1 jobs from veteran incumbents on their way to earning a big move away. 

Kepa's big move was so nearly to the Spanish capital rather than the English one, with Real Madrid agreeing a deal to take him to the Bernabeu in January for €20m (£17m) only to pull the plug at the last minute when Zinedine Zidane stood up to Florentino Perez and stuck by Keylor Navas. 

That prompted Athletic Club - who have an internal replacement ready to go in the shape of either Iago Herrerin or the latest academy product, Alex Remiro - to hand Kepa a contract extension until 2025 and a new release clause of €80m. 

Athletic refused to negotiate with Chelsea over that clause, even turning down the opportunity to earn slightly more in instalments, as their unique transfer policy means they need to get every euro possible out of clubs buying their players. With only players from the Basque Country or those who received their footballing education in the Basque Country able to play for Athletic, they are very limited in the pool of players they can use or buy, and thus a top-level player at Athletic Club is worth far more to them because there are times when finding a replacement of that standard will literally be impossible.

What this money will fund for Athletic is not yet clear. They are already sitting on the €65m fee that Manchester City paid for Aymeric Laporte last season too, but while selling young players to fund the return of veterans winding down their career might seem unwise, the availability of Javi Martinez and Ander Herrera next summer won't have escaped the club's attention. Bringing back Herrera would be an immensely popular move, though Martinez left under such a cloud that his reputation might need a little bit of rehabilitation before he is welcomed back into the fold. 

22-year-old Real Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal is a long-term target of the San Mames club and has a €50m release clause that is elevated to €60m in the case of Athletic, owing to La Real's determination not to lose players to their Basque rivals. That €60m is now less daunting for a club that has brought in nearly €150m over the last year. 

Their extensive network of local clubs in the north of Spain will also continue to feed talented young players into their youth system, where their craft will be refined at Athletic's famous Lezama home. They will continue to create more Kepas, more Laportes and more Ander Herreras knowing that one day they might come home but that, for now, they're going to help fund the next generation.

 

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/chelsea-transfer-news-kepa-profile-who-is-goalkeeper-real-madrid-thibaut-courtois-a8482891.html

 

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6 hours ago, ForeverCarefree said:

It's like our rule of not offering players over 30 more than 12 month extensions, it's a stupid rule because players can comfortably play into their mid 30s now, no problems. You can't keep letting your best players run their contracts down because as we've seen with Courtois it's too risky. 

The club don't want our squad to stagnate to the point we have to rebuild near enough all of it at the same time again (like was the case at the start of this decade), which i'm glad about because 10/11 and 11/12 (bar the last two months obviously) were an absolute nightmare.

Maybe we can make an odd exception once in a blue moon, but in general i'm glad we are guarding against a repeat.

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One thing that makes me warm to him is that when real Madrid came calling, he would have known they would have come again in the summer.

He could have wound his contract down. But he didn't. He signed an extension that meant he knew he might not be able to make that move.

Nice to have a loyal kepa 

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20 minutes ago, SydneyChelsea said:

One thing I really like about him is that he actually catches the ball. We haven't had that in a keeper since Cech.

Courtois was so frustrating constantly parrying shots, you'd have your heart in your mouth into someone swept away the rebound.

 

Yep my pet hate to ... Cech always killed the game it either went out of play or he held and smothered the ball but it went dead . Hate keepers that keep the ball live by parrying it or punching out the box  ....defenders nightmare as you never know where the ball will end up .

I don't think this is a panic buy as we had 2 previous bids turned down in July ...

I really like the look of him and think we have a gem of a player on the books and one prepared to work on his game to improve  

 

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What a level headed young man this is. So far what I've seen and heard we have a great guy here. 

Here you can see the whole range of his skills I think. 

Very excited he is here!! 

 

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I bet his names going to totally confuse our South African fans. 

"who's this kepa we've signed" 

"good young Spanish kepa"

"yeah, that one, what's he called?"

"kepa"

"yes, the kepa"

"no, just kepa" 

"just a kepa?"

Etc....

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1 hour ago, dkw said:

I bet his names going to totally confuse our South African fans. 

"who's this kepa we've signed" 

"good young Spanish kepa"

"yeah, that one, what's he called?"

"kepa"

"yes, the kepa"

"no, just kepa" 

"just a kepa?"

Etc....

-insert ‘that’s racist’ meme here-

Even though I pretty much had this conversation with a Cameroonian at work :laugh2:

 

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