Courtois eyes a return to Madrid for family reasons

Courtois eyes a return to Madrid for family reasons

Real Madrid have been chasing the Belgian keeper for much of the transfer window and Courtois himself has admitted that he wants to move to Spain in order to be closer to his two young children.

While Stoke have claimed that there have been no substantial bids for the England stopper, if Chelsea lose Courtois, then there is every chance they will chuck some big money at him. He threw his future into more doubt when he failed to report for the pre-season training on time. Perhaps the best option would be to find a replacement and accept Madrid's offer.

However, Barcelona have since signed Bordeaux winger Malcom for a fee that could rise to £37.3m which could spell the end of their interest in Willian.

Courtois has a three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son from a previous relationship. "We understand that the people at Chelsea may not be happy that he wants to go but it is for a humane reason and he wants to be close to his family".

Jordan Pickford would be a goalkeeper perfectly suited to Maurizio Sarri's style of play at Chelsea FC, according to Adam Bate.

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Speaking on the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, Bate said: "You can see why Chelsea want Pickford. It depends on the club, it depends especially on him, but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper".

With the transfer window set to close very soon, The Midlands-based club will be hoping that they can keep hold of England worldwide and their number 1 goalkeeper, Jack Butland.

Should Courtois depart next week, Chelsea would have limited time in which to bring in a replacement.

The transfer would surely affect both the team in certain ways and can prove the turning point in the career of the player.

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