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THIBAUT COURTOIS RETURNS TO MADRID AS A GALATICO

European Champions Real Madrid have completed the signing of Belgian goal keeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea FC.

The deal worth £35m will take six-years for Courtois to complete.

The tall and lanky 25 years old goal keeper returns to the city of Madrid after leaving in 2014. He played for city rivals Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014 as a loaned player from Chelsea.

Courtois graduated through the youth system of Genk, and aged 18, he then signed for Chelsea in July 2011.

President Perez referred to Chelsea as a ‘club amigo’ and said the friendly relationship between the clubs helped the deal go through.

The move appears to have brought delight to the Courtois family, but has ruffled a few feathers among Chelsea supporters.

Trophies in Spain

In three seasons there, he won the Europa League in 2012, the Copa del Rey in 2013 and the La Liga title in 2014. He also won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper in La Liga, for his performances in his two latter seasons.

 

On his return to England, Courtois helped Chelsea win the Premiership and League Cup in 2014. He left with the FA Cup in 2018.

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