Thibaut Courtois is saddened by Chelsea fans’ response to his Real Madrid move that been had in the pipeline as early as March.
Belgium international Courtois left Stamford Bridge for a reported £35 million in August after making clear his desire to return to Spain.
The 26-year-old earned the ire of Blues supporters when he failed to report for pre-season training in what seemed an attempt to force through the transfer.
However, Courtois claims his actions were misinterpreted, and that Chelsea had been made aware of his intentions well before the deal was completed.
“It makes me feel sad. Obviously they don’t know all the truth,” he told reporters after Belgium’s friendly win over Scotland on Friday.
“I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.
“Then because the transfer was close I didn’t show up [to training] because I thought it was better not to disturb the squad. I didn’t want it to be toxic.
“Obviously it’s a pity because I love Chelsea. I loved playing there.”