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Courtois’ agent insists Real Madrid move was purely for ‘personal reasons’

Thibaut Courtois’ agent has revealed that his clients desire to move to Real Madrid was purely down to personal and not footballing reasons.

The Belgium international sealed a £35 million move to Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, after making clear to Chelsea that he wanted to move to the Spanish capital to be closer to his two children who live there.

Courtois’ agent Christophe Henrotay has admitted that from a footballing perspective his client had no reason to want to leave Stamford Bridge and the only reason he forced through a move to Real was to be closer to his family.

“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,” Henrotay told BBC 5 live Sportsweek programme.

“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.

“He 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.

“They did a really quick and easy deal together, understanding the humanity of the situation. It is not doing something against their fans it is about getting the best of a situation that is not ideal.”

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