Thibaut Courtois opens up about his move to Real Madrid

The Belgian also revealed when he decided to leave Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014 after he enjoyed 3 successful seasons on loan in Spain. He was a key player for the club since joining them, winning 2 Premier League titles, 1 League Cup and 1 FA Cup.

However, the Belgium International’s future was in doubt this summer as he was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. He even wanted to go there in order to be close to his children.

He ultimately completed a move in a a £35 million deal and the Blues signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao as his replacement. The club’s fans have been angry in the manner he made his move to Spanish side, he didn’t return to pre-season training after post World Cup holiday.

Courtois has revealed he decided to join the Champions League winners back in March and has admitted he feels sad how Chelsea fans have turned against him following the move.

He said as quoted by Sky Sports: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth.

“I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.

“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.

“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.

“I loved playing there and I am happy to have won two Premier Leagues, a league cup and an FA Cup.

“Hopefully it will turn around.”

“Obviously you get some things in the media like I said there was not enough quality at Chelsea,” The Goalkeeper said.

“I never meant that. I just said maybe in training it goes a little bit faster but that is also the quality of Real Madrid – that is not saying Chelsea does not have quality.”

“I will always look back with a happy feeling to Chelsea,” Belgian added. “I had a chance to go back to Spain to be closer to my kids. That was an important thing for me.

“I know that a lot of Chelsea fans will understand my decision. I wish them the best and I am happy to see that they have won their first four games and I hope they can go on and win the league.”

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