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Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on their official website. Courtois will sign a 6-year deal with the club at a transfer fee reported to be €35 million.
The 26-year old will undergo a medical at the club tomorrow and will be honored at the honor box of the Bernabeu where he will be wearing a Real Madrid shirt.
Courtois was willing to move to Madrid since his family stays there and also missed two training sessions for Chelsea after returning to England following the World Cup.
The Belgian came to Chelsea from Genk in 2011 at a fee of €9 million. Within weeks of joining Chelsea, he joined Atletico Madrid on loan. Courtois spent three seasons at Atletico Madrid, playing a total of 154 matches. With Atletico, Courtois won the La Liga in the 2013-14 season and the Europa League in the 2011-12 season. During his stay, Atletico Madrid also won the Copa Del Ray, the UEFA Super Cup and reached the Champions League final. Courtois was the La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013. He also won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy twice in 2013 and 2014.
Courtois came back to Chelsea in 2014 and spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge. He played 154 matches, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup title and a Football League Cup title.
Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world presently. He won the Golden Glove at the World Cup this summer, becoming the second Belgian to win the award. His addition to Real Madrid’s setup will certainly strengthen the team this season.