Chelsea keeper Courtois makes blatant ‘come-and-get-me’ plea

Date published: Wednesday 7th February 2018 10:04

Thibaut Courtois has issued a blatant “come and get me plea” after reiterating that his “heart is in Madrid”.

The Chelsea No. 1 keeper has said that if Real Madrid are serious about signing him then they must contact the Blues.

Courtois, 25, who signed for Chelsea from Genk in 2011 before being immediately loaned to Atletico Madrid for three years, has just 18 months on his contract at Stamford Bridge and talks are underway regarding a new deal.

The club are believed to have offered Courtois a deal in excess of £200,000 a week and the player is happy to sign up again.

“We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January,” he told Sport/Foot magazine.

“I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will prolong. I am happy here and I see a direction that still wants to win a lot of titles. ”

However, if Real Madrid were to come calling with a firm offer for the keeper, his future in the Premier League would likely be over.

 

“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” added Courtois.

“My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.

“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.”

The Belgium international has been linked with Real Madrid in recent transfer windows, but there has never been a firm offer from the Bernabeu.

“If they [Real Madrid] want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there. It is there that I became an adult,” added Courtois.

“Atletico was a real group of friends. We went out together and my team-mates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived. When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not easy. England, when I arrived, was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here.

“I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Madrid]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.

“If Real are really interested, my personal situation could influence things. The family aspect is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I’m busy talking to Chelsea to extend.”

 

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