As a result of going AWOL in training, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has finally secured his dream move to Real Madrid this Thursday putting an end to his seven-year stint at the Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper was noted to have completed his move just right after Chelsea confirms the signing of midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid on the same day.
The Champions League holders released a post and pictured in it was Thibaut Courtois putting pen to paper to sign a contract alongside the club’s president Florentino Perez.
Calling it a dream move, Courtois said via BBC: “Today I am realising a dream.”
Several reports claims that the Spanish club paid Chelsea £35m to secure the service of their goalkeeper and the price tag could change as Madrid has not officially disclose the price paid.
“This is the best club in the world,” Courtois continued right after signing the deal to become a Galactico.
The Belgian number one joined the English club from Genk in the summer of 2011 but was quickly sent on loan to Atletico Madrid where he helped Diego Simone’s side to win the La Liga and helping them to Champions League semi-final, before finally returning to Stamford Bridge and became their number one goalie.
Trying to force a move to the Spanish side was suspected of Courtois just when he failed to show up for training at Cobham training ground when he was due for return following his part played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia.
Thibaut Courtois was named the best goalkeeper in the tournament after impressive performance at the back for the Belgium team as they secured a third place finish defeating England in the playoffs.
The golden glove goalkeeper took to his Facebook page to write: “Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart, I want to thank the fans for their great support.
“I hope you understand that being close to my kids was considerable in my decision.”
Chelsea was able to pull off a last stunt in the transfer market signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a fee of £71m.