Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed his love for the club, and why he did not report to training during the summer amid reports he was on his way to Real Madrid.
Courtois failed to turn up at Chelsea’s training grounds last summer after the World Cup in Russia, and despite calls from Blues fans telling him to respect the club, the Belgium international failed to report to training and seemed more comfortable sitting waiting until his deal with Los Blancos was confirmed.
The rumours lingered around the club that Chelsea were going to lose their top players this summer with Courtois, Eden Hazard, Willian and N’Golo Kante all linked with moves outside the United Kingdom, but they all stayed this summer except for the former, who reveals his £35 million deal was struck with Real Madrid as far back as in March.
Courtois reveals he ‘feels sad’ with his relationship with the Chelsea fans now because he ‘loves’ the club.
“It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth. I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.
Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad. If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.”
Thibaut Courtois, Sky Sports