Monday 22 October 2018

Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois wants to return to Madrid for family reasons – agent

The Belgium stopper has a year left on his Blues deal.

Thibaut Courtois wants to leave Chelsea (Nigel French/PA)
Thibaut Courtois wants to leave Chelsea (Nigel French/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants a move back to Madrid for family reasons, his agent has said.

The 26-year-old former Atletico Madrid number one has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

Courtois is due to return to Chelsea training this weekend after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper at Russia 2018.

He has a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, but agent Christophe Henrotay said Courtois wants a move to the Spanish capital to be close to his two children.

Henrotay told The Sun: “I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid.

“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”

Courtois has a three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Henrotay added: “It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that.

“But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children – and that is a reasonable thing too.”

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said on Friday: “At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea.

“I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club. It depends especially on him, I think.

“But, I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper. It’s very important for us to keep the top players.”

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