Thibaut Courtois: Chelsea keeper joins Actual Madrid on switch deadline day
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois formally signed a six-year cope with Actual Madrid on Thursday, ending his seven-year spell at Chelsea.
The Belgium primary, 26, accomplished his transfer to the Spanish capital hours after Chelsea confirmed Actual midfielder Mateo Kovacic had joined on mortgage.
Actual posted a clip of Courtois signing his contract alongside membership president Florentino Perez.
“Right this moment I’m realising a dream,” mentioned Courtois.
Actual haven’t revealed how a lot they’ve paid for Courtois, who had a 12 months remaining on his contract, however reviews counsel the deal is worth up to £35m.
Chelsea have signed Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m as a alternative.
“That is the very best membership on the planet,” added Courtois, who signed for Chelsea in June 2011 from Genk. The Belgian was instantly despatched on mortgage to Atletico Madrid, the place he performed till 2014 earlier than returning because the Blues’ primary.
On Monday Courtois was absent from Chelsea’s Cobham coaching floor, the place he was due to participate following his involvement on the World Cup.
Courtois was voted finest goalkeeper on the match in Russia, the place Belgium beat England in a third-place play-off.
“Chelsea will all the time have a particular place in my coronary heart,” he mentioned in a Facebook message posted on Wednesday. “I need to thank the followers for his or her nice assist.
“I hope you perceive that being near my children was appreciable in my resolution.”
Midfielder Kovacic, 24, had been at Actual for 3 seasons since becoming a member of from Inter Milan and helped Croatia attain the ultimate of the World Cup.
“I’m actually blissful and excited to be right here. It’s an incredible feeling,” Kovacic instructed Chelsea’s web site.
“I’ll attempt to do my finest for this membership. It’s a new league for me, the start is all the time robust however I’m positive the coach and my new team-mates will assist me and I’m trying ahead to an ideal season.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “He is an ideal match for us this season, his model is effectively suited to how Maurizio [Sarri] needs to play and we’re positive he’ll show to be a useful asset for the membership.”
Kovacic helped Actual win three Champions Leagues in a row in his three seasons on the membership.
He’s the second-youngest participant to have scored within the Champions League after netting in opposition to Lyon at simply 17.