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Kepa left out of Athletic Club ahead of Real Madrid move

Athletic Club keeper Kepa was left out of his side’s 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad, prompting further speculation that he is set to join Real Madrid.

Long have Madrid been keen admirers of the young Basque stopper 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.

And, having been left out of the match-day squad for the Basque derby, that move now looks likely, despite Athletic Club boss Jose Angel Ziganda saying the keeper is injured, whilst praising deputy Iago Herrerin.

“Kepa has trained the whole week with some discomfort. Herrerin has played really well. Is what we request from a GK, that he clears the attempts, ” he told reporters.

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.

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.

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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.

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