‘If Real Madrid Want Me, They Should Talk To Chelsea As My Heart is in Madrid’ – Courtois
Thibaut Courtois is in talks with Chelsea over a new deal but he has fuelled Real Madrid transfer speculation by saying his “heart is in Madrid”.
In an interview with Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, the player confirmed that talks are ongoing with Chelsea, but also spoke about his love of Madrid.
“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” Courtois said. “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. 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.”