Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Football Courtois hails Real move as a 'dream come true'

Thibaut Courtois said his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea was a "dream come true", as he was unveiled by the European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.

  • Published:
Courtois has joined Real on a six-year deal at the age of 26 play

Courtois has joined Real on a six-year deal at the age of 26

(AFP)

Join the "kokonsa" clique.Don't miss a thing, get the latest updates to fuel your conversation daily

By signing up , you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy



Thank You! You have successfully subscribed to receive pulse.com.gh daily newsletter.

Thibaut Courtois said his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea was a "dream come true", as he was unveiled by the European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper joined Real for a reported fee of 35 million euros ($40.6 million) on a six-year deal, with midfielder Mateo Kovacic departing Madrid for Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan.

"Today is a dream come true for me, you can't imagine how happy I am," said Courtois, who won the Golden Glove award as the World Cup's best goalkeeper after helping Belgium finish third last month.

"Coming to the best club in the world is a responsibility and an honour. I'd like to thank Real Madrid for the efforts they've made, and all the people who have contributed to bringing me to play here.

"I want to show I can match the expectations this badge entails."

Courtois signed his contract alongside Real president Florentino Perez in the corridors of the Bernabeu, and in front of the club's record 13 European Cup trophies.

"Throughout my career, I've done my best at every club I've played for," he added.

He will be only the second Belgian to play for the capital-city giants, after Fernand Goyvaerts, who was at Real from 1965-1967.

"Real Madrid can boast the arrival of one of the world's best goalkeepers, if not the very best," said Perez.

"He comes to Real Madrid at 26 years of age, but having already experienced huge success in European football."

Courtois is expected to take over as first-choice 'keeper from Costa Rican Keylor Navas, but says he is prepared to fight for the shirt, having had to replace Petr Cech when he returned to Chelsea from a long loan spell at Atletico Madrid in 2014, before going on to make 126 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

"It would be a mistake to give guarantees (to one of the two goalkeepers)," he said. "You have to demonstrate in training that you should play, and you have to keep it that way.

"Wherever I played, I wasn't given guarantees. When I came to Chelsea in 2014, I had to replace Petr Cech. We became friends and today I'm still talking to him.

"Goalkeepers are a group of friends in the dressing room, we get along well, which is important in life."

Real will be desperate to get off to a quick start this season under new coach Julen Lopetegui, after the surprise departure of Zinedine Zidane following their third straight Champions League triumph in June.

Courtois is their first major signing of the close season, although the Spanish transfer window, unlike England's which closes at 1600 GMT on Thursday, stays open until the end of August.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 These are the matches injured Lionel Messi will missbullet
2 Meet the richest footballer who is wealthier than Ronaldo & Messi...bullet
3 Football Ronaldo celebrates landmark goal but Juve's perfect run brokenbullet
4 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to hit 400 goals in...bullet
5 How Alex Ferguson used same tactic to beat Arsenal in every clashbullet
6 Football Chelsea v Man United: 3 things we learnedbullet
7 Football Barca victory tarnished as injured Messi set to...bullet
8 Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the social media kingbullet
9 Stephen Appiah’s goal features in UEFA Champions League...bullet
10 This is how much Usain Bolt will receive at Central...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Emmauel Boateng performs to Shatta Wale hit song ‘Amount’bullet
2 Watch how Black Stars mesmerised Kotoko 3-0bullet
3 Normalisation Committee member pours out his anger at journobullet
4 Watch Kwadwo Asamoah's wonderful assist as Inter pip Atleticobullet
5 Video Ronaldo’s stunner against Juventus wins UEFA Goal of the...bullet
6 Video Asamoah Gyan mobbed in Kumasi on arrivalbullet
7 Seedorf and Kluivert unveiled as the new Cameroon coachesbullet
8 EA Sports FIFA 19 introduces 'No-Rule Mode' for more funbullet
9 Black Stars whip Egypt 6-1 in World Cup qualifiersbullet
10 Video Watch Godsway Donyoh’s hat-trick for FC...bullet

Football

X
Advertisement