Real Madrid have completed the signing of Belgium international Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) August 8, 2018
The Belgian no.1 has signed a 6-year deal with the Champions League Champions. The transfer fee is reported to be around €35 million. Another part of the deal consists of Mateo Kovacic moving to the opposite direction on a season-long loan.
Both Real Madrid and Chelsea have confirmed the deal, issuing their official statements.
A statement released by Real Madrid read: “After the medical, that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, the player will be presented at 1 pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Subsequently, Courtois will go out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid jersey and will speak to the media in the press room.”
A statement released by Chelsea read: “Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical. Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan.”
— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) July 15, 2018
At age of just 26, Courtois has already achieved widespread experience and acknowledgment in European football. The goalkeeper has won the league in Spain, England, and Belgium. He also became the youngest goalkeeper in history to make his debut with the Belgian national team and has since earned 65 caps for them. Just recently he won the Golden Glove award in the World Cup this year in Russia.
Courtois progressed through the youth system at Belgian side Genk where he won the league and the Goalkeeper of the year award in the 2010/11 season. He was then promptly snatched by Premier League giants Chelsea in the same year.
The stopper was instantly loaned to Atletico Madrid, where he played until 2014 winning the Europa League, the European Super Cup, LaLiga and the Copa del Rey during his four-year stint in Spain.
The Belgium international eventually returned to Chelsea in the 2014/15 season, where he added two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup to his already impressive collection. He also received the Golden Glove award keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding the least amount of goals in the Premier League in the 2016/17 season.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 8, 2018
Consequently, Chelsea have signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record fee (Goalkeeper) of £71.6 million as a replacement for Courtois.