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Thibaut Courtois fulfills ‘childhood dream’ by joining Real Madrid

first_imgThibaut Courtois said that playing at Real Madrid was his childhood dream after he moved to the triple Champions League winners from Chelsea and was unveiled at Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.Courtois agreed to join Real on a six-year deal with the club paying Chelsea an initial fee of 35 million Euros, according to Spanish media reports.Courtois described Real Madrid as the best club despite spending three years on loan at city rivals Atletico Madrid and said that he has worked hard to earn the Madrid colours.”Everyone who knows me knows how hard I’ve worked to get here, and I’m proud to be at the best club in the world. I’ve given my best throughout my career to get here, this was my childhood dream, to step on to this pitch in Madrid’s colours,” the Belgium international told a news conference on [email protected]#WelcomeCourtois pic.twitter.com/13eQtbvBTgReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 9, 2018″I received better paid offers but I wanted to be in the best club in the world and be close to my children. Once Madrid’s interest was clear I had no doubts that I wanted to be here.”Courtois, 26, signed for Madrid after winning two Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup and League Cup in England. British media reported that the Belgian, who has played 65 times for his country and helped them reach this year’s World Cup semi-finals, has not shown up for training at Chelsea for the past two days in a bid to force through the transfer.advertisement”I would like to thank Chelsea’s fans for being there for me in the last few years, I always wanted to win the Premier League and I did it twice, but now I have a new chance which I have to take. I also have two children here and that influenced my decision,” Courtois said.”I grew a lot physically in England and now I’m more mature and more experienced. I’ve improved a lot and I’ve come here to be the best I can.”Also read – Keylor Navas will stay at Real Madrid despite Thibaut Courtois signingBefore Chelsea, Courtois spent three seasons on loan at Atletico, lifting an unlikely La Liga title in 2014 as well as winning the Copa del Rey by beating Real in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu.He also sustained a gut-wrenching defeat to Real in the 2014 Champions League final, when his new captain Sergio Ramos’s injury time header denied Atletico glory, leading to Real winning 4-1 in extra-time.”I have the maximum respect for Atletico, they took me on loan when I was young and I won many things, but it was different because I was on loan,” Courtois expressed.”Now I’ve come to the club where I really wanted to be and I want to fight for many years to win trophies.”@thibautcourtois#WelcomeCourtois pic.twitter.com/LtQzRKzaDEReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 9, 2018Courtois’s first game for Real could be against Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15 although the fact he has trained little since reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup with Belgium means coach Julen Lopetegui may opt to play Keylor Navas instead.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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