Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid from Chelsea

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea for £31.5m on a six-year contract.

Courtois had a year remaining on his Chelsea contract and did not report for training with the club this week as he held out for a move to the Champions League holders.

Courtois lifted two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge and is keen to continue winning silverware. “I’m coming into a club that has just won three Champions Leagues in a row and it’s important to keep winning all the trophies we can,” he said.

“I want to continue to add success to this club’s history. Our challenge this season is to win every title available to us. We’ve got a great squad and I hope I can help the team to keep winning things.

“I received a lot of offers, some better from a financial point of view, but I wanted to come here and, importantly, be close to my children [who live in Madrid with his former partner]. When there was a firm offer on the table, I was in no doubt. My goal was to come to Real Madrid, everyone knew that.

“All I’d like to do is to thank the fans for the last four years and for how they’ve supported me at Chelsea. I’ve got a new opportunity in my career now and I have to make the most of it. I’ve got two kids here and that had a significant role to play in my decision.”

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