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Real Madrid Sign Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea

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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:59 GMT

Real Madrid have signed Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea on a six-year contract.

Courtois - who has spent the past seven years with Chelsea (including a three-season loan spell at Atletico Madrid) – has expressed his intention to move away from Stamford Bridge after missing two training sessions in the build up to the move.   

As reported by Reuters, the deal (believed to be in the region of £32 million) will involve Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is going to move in the other direction on a season-long loan agreement.

After securing the services of Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record fee, Chelsea gave the Spanish giants the green light to negotiate a deal with the Belgian international.

Courtois is considered to be among the finest shot stoppers in European football, as he managed to win the Premier League with Chelsea in the 2015/16 season and guide his national side to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, before losing to tournament-winners France.

The 1.99m height keeper posted a thank you message to Chelsea on Facebook, and said: "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a fantastic place in my heart,"

The 26-year-old is expected to challenge Keylor Navas for the number one spot, as the latter has proved his quality and consistency, after helping the Galacticos win three Champions League titles during his four seasons at the club.

Navas told reporters - after a pre-season friendly against Roma on Wednesday – that he is not planning to leave his club and added: "Tell everyone loud and clear, I have as much enthusiasm for leaving Madrid as I do for dying," 

Real Madrid are set to start their new campaign against fierce city-rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on August 15th before playing Getafe in their first La Liga game, four days later.

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