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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says his ‘heart is in Madrid’

The Belgian shot-stopper has been a long-time target for Spanish giants Real Madrid

Another day, another problem for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. 

The Italian has had to endure a lot lately, with his time at the club seemingly coming to an end following a poor run of results.

So these quotes from long-time Real Madrid target Thibaut Courtois will only add to his troubles.

In an interview with Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, the goalkeeper spoke openly about his love for Madrid and that he plans to return to the Spanish capital one day.


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Madrid-bound?

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Madrid-bound?

He said: “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid, my two children live there with their mum.

“I have my daughter every day on FaceTime, she often tells me that she misses me, while my son is still too small to communicate like that.

“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy.

“Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.”

The goalkeeper was part of the Atleti side that won La Liga in 2013-14

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The goalkeeper was part of the Atleti side that won La Liga in 2013-14

Courtois signed for Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in 2011, but was sent on loan to Atletico Madrid for three seasons as Petr Cech was the Blues undisputed No 1 at the time.

Finally, in 2014, he returned to Stamford Bridge, going onto win two Premier League titles and plenty of plaudits for his performances between the sticks.

Which, of course, caught the attention of Real Madrid.

Courtois won the Premier League Golden Glove award in 2017

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Courtois won the Premier League Golden Glove award in 2017

Courtois added: “If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea, but they have not done that.

“What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid.

“I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there, it is there that I became an adult.

“Atletico was a real group of friends, we went out together and my team-mates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived.

Just a kid

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Just a kid

“When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not easy.

“England, when I arrived, was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here.

“I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there.

“But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.”


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The 25-year-old has 18 months left on his current Chelsea deal and will reportedly sit down with Chelsea chiefs this month to discuss an extension.

If all goes to plan, he could end up earning up to £200,000-a-week.


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