Thibaut Courtois Gets His Wish, Signs for Real Madrid
Thibaut Courtois finally got his wish on Wednesday when Real Madrid agreed to sign the Belgium goalkeeper from Chelsea for around €35 million.
Real Madrid C.F. and Chelsea F.C. have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has signed for the club for the next six seasons, said a Real Madrid statement .
”After the medical that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, the player will be presented at 1pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
”Subsequently, Courtois will go out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid C.F. jersey and will speak to the media in the press room, the statement added.
The 26-year-old has always wanted to return to the Spanish capital after leaving Atletico de Madrid.
His family lives there and he was going to let his contract with Chelsea expire, so the London-based club were forced to sell given that he only had a year left on his deal.
It’s not clear whether Courtois will compete with Keylor Navas for a spot in the starting lineup or not, given that Los Blancos might decide to sell Navas if they think Courtois is going to be their undisputed starter.
However, Navas won three Champions League titles while defending Madrid’s goal and made important saves in the decisive games, so Madrid could keep both players and then see who’s in better form to start the season.
Mateo Kovacic Joins Chelsea on season-long loan
In a related development,Chelsea have completed the signing of midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
Kovacic, 23, arrives from Real Madrid on a one-year loan deal as part of the move which takes Thibaut Courtois to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Kovacic had wanted to leave Julen Lopetegui’s side after starting just 37 league matches in the last three seasons.
A move to Chelsea gives the World Cup finalist the chance to finally showcase his talents on the big stage.
Kovacic could slot seamlessly into Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation alongside N’Golo Kante and fellow summer arrival Jorginho.