Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Thibaut Courtois: My heart is in Madrid

Thibaut Courtois: My heart is in Madrid Thibaut Courtois: My heart is in Madrid
Shannon Reynolds | 07 February, 2018, 08:52

Courtois has often reiterated that he is happy at Chelsea but the prospect of joining Real Madrid appears to be a hugely tempting proposition for the goalkeeper.

It was in the Spanish capital that all of Europe began to take notice of his enormous potential, as Courtois solidifed himself as the club's first-choice shotstopper despite his tender years, before going on to make 111 La Liga appearances during his three-year stint with Los Colchoneros.

However, in one of the most dramatic turn of events in the modern transfer era, Manchester United swooped in ahead of their rivals after Pep Guardiola was unwilling to meet Sanchez's ludicrous financial demands. Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future is in heavy doubt as he might leave los Blancos come summer time. Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain.

Manchester United remain determined to hold onto David de Gea though will sell him if long-time suitors Real Madrid make a record-shattering offer this summer, according to reports.

The shot-stopper has been strongly linked with the Galacticos over the past few campaigns but is now in talks with Chelsea over a new deal, although with his children living in Spain, Courtois admits he is desperate to return to the city.

This is a nice reverse of what usually happens with Madrid and United: Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane have all used supposed interest from Old Trafford for their own personal benefit at the Bernabeu in recent years, and De Gea, whose contract expires in 2019, would be wise to do the same. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. The signals are positive.

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"Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard's deal reassures me".

However, when drawn on the subject of his family, Courtois was decidedly less reassuring regarding the possibility of remaining with the Blues for the long-term. The Chelsea #1 has two children who now live in Madrid with his ex-girlfriend.

Speaking to Sport/Foot Magazine, he said: "My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid".

"My two children live there with their mum".

"You know, my two children live there with their mother and I talk to my daughter every day on 'Facetime'". My son is still too small to communicate like that.

"As a situation, it's not always easy".

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