The Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, left Chelsea earlier this week in a £38million move to Real Madrid. He officially signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid, ending his seven-year spell at Chelsea.
Courtois, 26, completed his move to the Spanish capital hours after Chelsea confirmed Real midfielder Mateo Kovacic had joined on loan. His agent Christophe Henrotay insists there were honest reasons for forcing his move, and he said that Courtois would have stayed at Chelsea if his family lived in London.
Courtois spent time with his family in Madrid instead of reporting back to Chelsea after the World Cup. He went Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) in the days leading up to his departure, as he did not turn up for training, but with his family residing in Madrid.
“There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his child,” Henrotay told BBC 5 live Sportsweek programme.
“If the family were in London it would have been totally different. He would have stayed, there is no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, he could have won trophies. Unfortunately his kids are living with the mother in Madrid.”
Henrotay explained that Courtois had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but running close to the end of his contract, Chelsea had an interest to find a deal with Madrid, which they did.
“It is personal reasons so we have to respect this. Chelsea understood the situation and really helped to get the deal. They did a really quick and easy deal together, understanding the humanity of the situation. It is not doing something against their fans it is about getting the best of a situation that is not ideal.”
The 26-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 following a three-year loan at Atletico Madrid, where his family set up life in the Spanish capital.
And Henrotay says reuniting the Courtois family made getting the deal done even sweeter.
“It’s a move he wanted because of his family and he had the opportunity to go back to Madrid – a city he loves and to such a big club in Real Madrid,” he added.
When they arrived in Madrid to make the signing, he had his parents, his brother, his sister, his child, the mother of the child, everyone is there and Henrotay said to Courtois that he was delighted to make a great deal for him in going to Real Madrid but also it’s a family coming together.
“I could see tears in their eyes and it delighted me to be able to do something not only for a player, for a client, but for a family, which is great.”
“I fully understand the fans of Chelsea and no one has reason to blame that feeling. Thibaut is such a great goalkeeper and he did his best at Chelsea to bring titles and trophies so it is not a great feeling to lose such a player.”
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