Thibaut Courtois asks to join Real Madrid, confirms agent

Tanya Simon
August 4, 2018

The Belgian is due to return to Chelsea training over the next few days after helping his country finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper in Russian Federation. It depends especially on him, I think.

Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid for Courtois' transfer, but the club have made it clear that they won't sanction the move unless they bring in a replacement.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have reportedly made a £65 million (R1.12 billion) bid for the 29-year-old winger, who is also being closely monitored by United's Jose Mourinho, who is a big admirer of Brazilian.

"But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision".

The failed Pickford move means Chelsea believe they have exhausted their options in terms of a replacement for Courtois.

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Chelsea are set to hold on to Thibaut Courtois for the immediate future, according to a report in the Express.

'But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children - and that is a reasonable thing too'. The Chelsea new man was speaking after watching his side go done on penalties to London rivals Arsenal after an entertaining 1-1 friendly draw on Wednesday night.

This comes as a great sigh of relief for Chelsea given the likes of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been linked away from the club, with Real Madrid credited with a heavy interest.

However Courtois' contract situation could change the club's stance as they don't want to lose the goalkeeper for nothing next June.

The Blues have been trying to keep their number one goalie this summer, and with this latest development, they will have to sell him in the next nine days or lose him for free when his contract ends next season.

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