This time, the show is over. Real Madrid and Chelsea announced on Wednesday evening the arrival of Thibaut Courtois for the next six years at the Merengue. The Belgian Guard will undergo his medical examination on Thursday and will be introduced shortly. At the same time, Mateo Kovacic will go the other way as part of a one-year loan.
Thibaut Courtois returned to the Spanish capital after four years in England. The former goalkeeper of Atlético will join Real Madrid for the next six Seasons. If the two clubs did not disclose the amount of the transfer, the Iberian media reports a purchase price of 35 million euros. The Belgian doorman, who has been working in Chelsea since 2014, will undergo a medical examination on Thursday before being introduced to the press. Mateo Kovacic goes the other way in the form of a loan for a season.
It was the target of Real Madrid for several years. Last summer, Florentino Perez’s club tried to bring in the Belgian international. The club coached by Julen Lopetegui records the arrival of the best goalkeeper of the last World Cup. With this signature, the triple tenant of the champions League title made one of the big shots of the summer transfer window.
Courtois wanted to return to Madrid for family reasons
Courtois had announced his last weeks of wanting to return to Spain for family reasons. Chelsea’s goalie was even willing to go to the clash with his executives to force his departure before the Premier League transfer market closed on Thursday at 6: 00 p.m. The leaders of the English club finally accepted this transfer, which seemed increasingly inevitable.
At Real, Thibaut Courtois, who had a year contract left in England, will be back in a championship he knows by heart. For three years (2011-2014), the Belgian had been loaned by the Blues to Atlético Madrid. In the Colchoneros, the doorman had been champion of Spain in 2014 and had played in the final of the champions League the same year against … Real Madrid.
Kovacic lent a year to Chelsea
In the deal of this transfer between Real and Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic will make the opposite path. The Croatian midfielder, who had also boycotted training with Real, is loaned a season to Chelsea. Never started since arriving in Madrid in 2015, the 24-year-old will try to win his starting spot in the London squad. The two clubs did not specify whether this loan had an option to purchase.
The Chelsea Blues should formalize in the next few hours the arrival of the Gatekeeper of athletic Bilbao, Kepa Arrizabalaga. The latter paid off his € 80 million release clause this Wednesday, making him the most expensive Guardian in the world, and is now free to join the club of his choice. It will come as no surprise to Chelsea that the 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper will be back in the starting line-up. And will try to make the Blues fans forget about Thibaut Courtois.