4th August, 2018
The Thibaut Courtois transfer to Real Madrid issue is surely taking a different dimension of late as the goalkeeper’s agent has come out to advise Chelsea Management to accept the “reasonable” offer for the goalkeeper’s transfer made by the European Champions.
He went on to warn the club that it risks losing the services of the goalkeeper for free if his wish to leave is not granted now. It is not a secret that the 26-year-old Courtois has just a year to go on his contract with the “Blues” but has seemingly decided to leave Chelsea before that time.
The goalkeeper has come out to say that wants to join the Real Madrid in order to be closer to his children, who live in Madrid.
This is what his agent had to say on the issue only recently:
“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Henrotay told The Sun.
“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.
“We have seen suggestions that it is about money and it is true he could get an increase with a move. But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision.”
To make matters worse, the goalkeeper has not returned to the team since the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup Competition in Russia where he bagged the tournament’s Golden Gloves award.
This situation has naturally unsettled the new Chelsea Manager, Maurizio Sarri who has now admitted that he was unsure if Courtois, who is yet to feature in any pre-season game for the team, would return to the club.
The goalkeeper’s agent had the following to say further:
“Throughout this it has been important for everyone to be reasonable, and the buying club has come up with a reasonable offer for a player who has one year left on his contract when they know they could sign him without a fee in 12 months,” he said.
“Chelsea could get a fair fee for him now and sign a replacement. Or they would still have to sign a replacement next summer, but without getting a fee for Thibaut.”