Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has finally got the goalkeeper he wanted. Three year after missing out on David de Gea due to a faulty fax machine, Perez has landed his world-class goalkeeper as Thibaut Courtois joins the European Champions from Chelsea for €40m.
A statement from Real Madrid read: ‘Real Madrid C.F. and Chelsea F.C. have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has signed for the club for the next six seasons.
After the medical that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, the player will be presented at 1pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.’
Courtois has Madrid roots after spending three years playing for city rivals Atletico where he won the Europa League, the European Super Cup, LaLiga and the Copa del Rey. He won the Zamora Trophy twice (2012/13 and 2013/14) and was included in the team of the year (2013/14)
The two teams face each other in the European Super Cup in Estonia next week although it may well be that Keylor Navas plays in that game as Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui begins to wrestle with his options.
Navas does not want to leave Real Madrid, and after winning three straight Champions Leagues it is unlikely that the club will force him out. That could mean some sharing of the gloves this season.
But make no mistake. Courtois is the future. Madrid want a keeper who can defend the Madrid goal for a decade in the way that Casillas did. And they have that in the 26-year-old Courtois, who was named the best goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia.
He is finally in the Spanish capital. In the past he has not minded wearing the number 13 shirt. Even if he does that, he’s very much arriving as their new number one.