Chelsea have been having a tough time recently after suffering sobering Premier League defeats to Bournemouth and Watford. Their manager Antonio Conte’s future has also been the focus of intense speculation, so the Blues star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois revealing today that he is eager to move to Real Madrid today will hardly lighten the mood around Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Sport/Foot Magazine a publication in his native Belgium, the 25-year-old revealed the true reasons behind his desire to move to the Spanish capital when he said:
”My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid. My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.
“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there [with Atletico Madrid]. It is there that I became an adult.
“Atletico was a real group of friends. We went out together and my team-mates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived. When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not easy. England, when I arrived, was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here.
“I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.”
Courtois signed for Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in 2011, and was immediately sent out on loan to Real’s city rivals Atletico.
The Belgium international quickly blossomed into a world-class goalkeeper under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, before returning to Stamford Bridge in 2014.
Upon his arrival at Chelsea he displaced club legend as the Blues number one, and has gone onto to win two Premier League titles in his three full seasons at the club.
Despite the talented keeper reportedly being in talks with his current employers over extending his current contract, it seems the Stamford Bridge club will have a very difficult job in convincing him to stay in London if Real come calling.
The Spanish giants are said to be eager to replace their current number one Keylor Navas in the summer, with Courtois and Manchester United’s David De Gea their first choice targets.