Real Madrid confirm the signing of Thibaut Courtois for £35m on six-year deal. And Mateo Kovacic goes to Chelsea on season-long loan
The Belgium number one, 26, completed his move to the Spanish capital hours after Chelsea confirmed Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic had joined on loan. “Today I am realising a dream,” said Courtois. Real Madrid have not revealed how much they have paid for Courtois. He had a year remaining on his contract, but reports suggest the deal is worth up to £35m.
“This is the best club in the world. ” added Courtois. He signed for Chelsea in June 2011 from Genk. The Belgian was immediately sent on loan to Atletico Madrid. He played there until 2014 before returning as the Blues’ number one. “Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart,” he said in a Facebook message posted on Wednesday. “I want to thank the fans for their great support. “I hope you understand that being close to my kids was considerable in my decision.”
Midfielder Kovacic, 24, had been at Real for three seasons since joining from Inter Milan. He helped Croatia reach the final of the World Cup. “I am really happy and excited to be here. It is an amazing feeling.” Kovacic told Chelsea’s website. “I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”