BREAKING NEWS: Real Madrid seal deal for Courtois

Author: Daily Mail
Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois kissed the Real Madrid badge and then spoke about Eden Hazard joining him at the Santiago Bernabeu one day, before doing his best to defuse bad feeling with his former club Chelsea.

"He is happy that I have arrived because he knew it was my dream,' he said revealing Hazard had called him to congratulate him.

He then added: "He is a great player and if he could come here one day it would be fantastic.' 

None of that will have done relations with his former supporters much good but when asked if he had a final message for them the 26-year-old Belgium international said: "I know at the moment they are not too happy [with me] but I hope remember what was achieved.

"I want to thank them for the years I was there. It was my goal to win a Premier League and I won it twice so I’m really proud of that. I just felt I needed a new challenge."

Courtois undergoes medicals

He was also asked about another former club Atletico Madrid and the suggestion he might have moved back there.

He said: "My objective was to come here. I have maximum respect for Atletico but now I’m at a club that I have always wanted to be at. I don’t think I’ve ever kissed a badge before."

He did have to apologise to Real Madrid fans for a song he sung about the club when he was at Atletico.

Asked about singing anti-Real Madrid songs on the balcony of Madrid’s town hall during celebrations of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey final victory over Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid in 2013, he said: "I have apologised and I apologise again. It was something you do when you are young."

"I was more a kid in my last spell in Madrid. I am more mature now, more of an adult. I won two leagues with Chelsea and that has helped me to grow up.’