Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he always wanted to wear the Real shirt after completing a dream move to Bernabeu from Chelsea.
The shot stopper was heavily linked with a move to Spanish capital after the Belgian admitted his desire to move to Spain. Finally he got his wish fulfilled as the Blues agreed on a deal with Real Madrid, which will keep him at Spanish capital for next six seasons.
Following a three year loan spell at Madrid’s city rivals Atletico, Courtois joined the Blues and won a Premier league in 2016/17. Ever since the Belgian expressed his desire to return to Spain in order to reunite with his childrens, Madrid kept tabs on the stopper.
With only one year left on his contract, Chelsea were ready to let go off the goalkeeper, but the lack of a potential replacement was blocking the deal. However, on Wednesday evening, the Blues confirmed the transfer of Courtois to Real Madrid.
The Belgian international was presented as Real Madrid player on Thursday. The Player revealed about his dream to play at Bernabeu. Courtois said during the presentation
“Arriving at the best club in the world is not an easy thing. I have worked very hard to get here. I have always dreamed of this moment since I was a kid.”
“I wanted to be closer to my family. I want to say thank you to everybody who has made this possible, particularly the mother of my children. Although we are no longer together you remain a very special person for me.”
“Today I am just another Madridista. I am one of you. Hala Madrid!”
Following the presentation on the pitch, Courtois was asked about potential offers from other clubs and what brings him to join the Los Blancos.
“I received many offers this summer and some of them were much better economically,” said the Belgian.
“But when I learned of the concrete interest from Madrid, I had no doubts and I wanted to join the best club in the world.”
The 26-year old, even apologized for the disrespect he had shown to Real Madrid fans during his Atletico days.
On the work front, the 26-year old will have a big challenge to grab a starting role. The Belgian international will face strong competition from Keylor Navas, who has been the first choice goalkeeper for Los Blancos.