Courtois' agent reveals the ONLY reason why he joined Real Madrid
- The goalkeeper would not have left Chelsea if his family lived in London
- Los Blancos signed the Belgian for £35m who went AWOL to make the move happen
Thibaut Courtois' agent, Christophe Henrotay, reveals what made the goalkeeper push so hard for the desired move from London to Madrid. It was all because of the Belgian's family, as his representative has insisted in the BBC 5 live Sportsweek programme, as quoted by Evening Standard.
He explains: "There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his child. If the family were in London it would have been totally different. He would have stayed, there is no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, he could have won trophies. Unfortunately, his kids are living with the mother in Madrid."
Thibaut Courtois: During his previous stint in La Liga (2011 to 2014) @thibautcourtois kept more clean sheets (55) than any other goalkeeper over that same period— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 9, 2018
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Moreover, Henrotay even praises Chelsea for the manner the negotiations were held: "Courtois had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but running close to the end of his contract, Chelsea had an interest to find a deal with Madrid, which they did. It is personal reasons so we have to respect this. Chelsea understood the situation and really helped to get the deal."
Finally, Henrotay recalls how emotional Courtois' arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium turned out to be: "It's a move he wanted because of his family and he had the opportunity to go back to Madrid - a city he loves and to such a big club in Real Madrid. When we arrived in Madrid to make the signing, I had everyone in there and I said to him that I am delighted to make a great deal for him in going to Real Madrid but also it's a family coming together. I could see tears in the eyes and it delighted me to be able to do something not only for a player, for a client, but for a family, which is great."
Courtois was confirmed as a new Real Madrid player on Wednesday evening, the transfer fee is rumoured to be in the region of £35m. During his final days at Chelsea, the goalkeeper missed a couple of training sessions in order to make the move happen as soon as possible. The Blues' coach Maurizio Sarri, meanwhile, admitted after his side's first Premier League game that they had no chance of keeping Courtois.