Athletic Bilbao’s Asier Del Horno has revealed that he expects to join Chelsea in the close-season.

The 24-year-old left back is expected to join the Premier League champions this summer in a deal worth €18m.

He admitted that the money involved in the deal is simply too good for both himself and the club to turn down.

“This is a unique opportunity for me and for Athletic,” Del Horno told radio Onda Cero.

“If you look at the figures that are being talked about then it seems unthinkable that a team would pay that sort of money for me.

“For both Athletic and me it would be difficult to say no to an offer like this.

“With a contract like this I would sort out not just my life but the life of my whole family.

“Athletic would be able to clear their debts and renew the contracts of players like Tiko, (Fran) Yeste, (Pablo) Orbaiz and (Andoni) Iraola.”