Athletic Club defender Ander Iturraspe has said he is unsure keeper Kepa will move to Real Madrid in January.
Long have Madrid been keen admirers of the Basque keeper and it now seems that a deal has been completed which will see him arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu in January.
Spanish daily Marca report the deal which they say will be formally completed following Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup next week in Abu Dhabi.
According to the report, Madrid have agreed a fee in the region of €25m with Athletic, despite the keeper’s release clause being set at €20m.
However, team-mate Iturraspe has said it does not feel like the club’s number one is leaving.
“The players do not have the feeling that these are Kepa’s final weeks here at the club,” Iturraspe is quoted as saying by Diario AS.
“He is a consummate professional and also a fantastic person, it does not matter whether or not he is starting games or not, his attitude is fantastic.
“We know his contract is coming up to an expiration date, along with a few other players, but this is a situation for the Coach and the club itself.”
For Real Madrid, whilst current number one Keylor Navas has been performing well; Madrid officials have been interested in a number of options who they feel can provide a long-term option.
Man United’s David De Gea was red hot favourite to become the long term replacement for Iker Casillas, who left the club two summers back for Porto, but Spain’s number one has now seemingly been demoted as the Spanish club’s preferred choice.
With the move now expected to happen, it should see the youngster move straight into the starting eleven at the Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Navas’ future in doubt.
Current back-up keeper Kiko Casilla has been told he can leave the club in January.