Chelsea have agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Spanish giants Real Madrid for £31 million, with the player set to sign a four-year-deal at the Bernabeu.
The Belgium shot stopper only has one year left on his current Stamford Bridge contract, and according to the Daily Star the Blues hierarchy have decided to cash in on the 26-year-old now, instead of risking losing him next summer for nothing.
Courtois was superb this summer for his Country at the World Cup in Russia, with the former Atletico Madrid man cementing his place as one of the top ‘keepers in the game, and rightfully winning the prestigious Golden Glove award.
It will come as no surprise to many that he is moving to the Spanish capital, as his two young children live there and he has often spoken of his desire to be close to them.
Courtois was signed by Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in 2011. He was then sent to Spain on loan where he enjoyed a successful three season loan spell with Atletico Madrid before returning to London in 2014 and displacing Blues legend Petr Cech as the club’s first choice keeper.
He has won an impressive two Premier League titles in his four seasons at Stamford Bridge, and Real will be aware that at 26 they are signing a goalkeeper about to enter his prime.