One Chelsea star has dropped a big hint that he could make a switch to La Liga as contract discussions at the club continue.
The Belgium international has been repeatedly linked with a Stamford Bridge exit, with Real reportedly the most interested in acquiring his services.
Courtois has a deal with Chelsea until 2019, with no indication that he will pen fresh terms in the near future.
The 23-year-old spent three years on loan with Atletico Madrid and has previously hinted at a possible return to Spain.
Now, he has dropped a new hint over his future, telling Stadion on VTM: “It [private situation] is not always easy, but I’d also seen this coming. I knew that she [former girlfriend] would return to Madrid, so that has its influence too. I love my children to death.
“When you miss them, you are sometimes wondering: ‘Shouldn’t I play in Spain in the next few years?’ That’s why I want to take my time to make a decision on that contract extension.
“In the media they’re always talking about money. I’m not denying that it plays a role, but everything has to be in its right place.
“If I sign a new contract, I will want to say to Chelsea: ‘Look, I am happy here. I like playing for the club, I like London. My private situation is always gnawing a little bit, but for the rest I’m feeling very good at Chelsea.’
“I don’t see any reason why I won’t sign a new deal. I just want to consider all options. Everything has to be right.
“It’s not the right moment to make hasty decisions. Not for Chelsea, not for me. Within a couple of months we will sit around the table again and talk openly. There’s no pressure.. The clubs knows that too. Basically I want an agreement before the end of the season.”