Amid Chelsea and Conte’s troubling time, Belgian number shot-stopper is fuelling Real Madrid transfer speculation, stating his heart is in the Spanish capital, despite the fact that he is in talks with Chelsea over a new contract.
Real Madrid have pursued the 25-year-old keeper, who is under contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit until 2019, as far back as he departed Madrid neighbors Atletico to return to Stamford Bridge in 2014.
Courtois said in an interview with Belgian top publication ‘Sport/Foot Magazine‘
“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” “My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.”
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.”
“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there [with Atletico Madrid]. It is there that I became an adult.”
“Atletico was a real group of friends. We went out together and my team-mates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived. When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not easy. England, when I arrived, was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here.”
“I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.”“If Real are really interested, my personal situation could influence things. The family aspect is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I’m busy talking to Chelsea to extend.”
“We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January. There is no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. I am happy here and I see a club that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signs are positive.”
“Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard’s deal reassures me,” the goalkeeper added. “When you talk about Barca, for everyone, it’s Lionel Messi. When you talk about Real, it’s [Cristiano] Ronaldo. And when you talk about Chelsea, for 90 percent of people, it’s Eden Hazard. Look at the number of times he makes the difference.”