26-year-old Courtois, a Limburger from the town of Bree, signed a six-year deal at Real Madrid. He thus returns to the city where he shone for Atlético, on loan from Chelsea, before returning to Stamford Bridge. However, Courtois wanted to be closer to his children in Madrid, and managed to force a transfer after a strong World Cup with some top-notch performances. The transfer fee is said to be around 40 million euros.
Courtois had skipped the first training sessions with Chelsea to put up the pressure. However, Courtois hasn't forgotten the Chelsea fans: "I hope the fans can understand my decision. Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart", he wrote on Facebook.
He added that it was always his big dream to play for Real, the winner of the last three editions of the Champions League, and that it will allow him to be closer with the children he has with his ex-partner there.