The agent of Belgian International goalkeeper and golden glove winner Thibaut Courtois has confirmed that the goalkeeper’s desire to leave Chelsea for purely family reasons.
Chelsea have confirmed that they will not resume talks with Real Madrid over the sale of their goalkeeper unless they are able to find a suitable replacement. The agent has pleaded Chelsea to allow the goalkeeper to join the Spanish giants. The Golden Glove winner at the World cup is said to be valued at £32m by Real Madrid but Chelsea have no interest of letting their star man go and agent Christophe Henrotay says Chelsea should show some compassion.
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“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Henrotay said. ” For him, this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”
Chelsea’s new boss Sarri has said that he is unsure of the Belgians future but is certainly optimistic about it. He says, ” At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of Chelsea,” Sarri said, ahead of the club’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City on Sunday. ” I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club, it depends especially on him, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”
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His agent also says that money is nowhere in the picture behind his desired move to the Spanish capital. He says they have turned down many more lucrative offers and his desire is solely due to family reasons. “We have seen suggestions that it is about money, and it is true he could get an increase with a move,” he added. ” But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision. ” Throughout this, it was important for everyone to be reasonable, and the buying club has come up with a reasonable offer for a player who has one year left on his contract when they know they could sign him without a fee in 12 months.”
“It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that. But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children – and that is a reasonable thing too.” He added.
Courtois is due back for pre-season training on Monday, with Chelsea opening their Premier League campaign away against Huddersfield on Saturday.