Why Thibaut Courtois was 'forced' to delete Chelsea farewell message

Dean Simpson
August 10, 2018

"The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true".

One Twitter user took to the social media platform to joke that the plaque wouldn't look clean for long, accompanied by a photo of Courtois in his Chelsea kit with the plaque.

He said all the right things, speaking in Spanish through a translator, when asked about the eye-popping fee and appeared calm and composed while being asked to keep returning to the issue.

Chelsea has signed Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world-record €80 million ($92.8 million) fee from Athletic Bilbao, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to join Real Madrid in a deal that will see midfielder Mateo Kovacic move to the London club on a season-long loan.

"Some players take more time to adapt than others", he said.

The 24-year-old Croatian global previously played for Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, Italian club Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles.

"I grew a lot physically in England and now I'm more mature and more experienced. I need to do my best to prove myself".

But it might not have happened had it not been for former Liverpool and Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who Kepa has cited as the reason that he made a decision to join Chelsea.

With Arrizabalaga's arrival, the Blues are expected to sanction the departure of Courtois, who has been constantly leaning towards a Real Madrid move. I hope I will be able to adjust and adapt as soon as possible.

"In terms of being the most expensive keeper in the world, it's something I don't think about", Kepa said.

Kepa could make his Premier League debut against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing a deal that director Marina Granovskaia believes will be great for Chelsea.

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