Reliable Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has this morning confirmed that Chelsea and Real Madrid are still some way off finding an agreement over a transfer for Thibaut Courtois.
Now 26, Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, before being immediately sent out on-loan to Atletico Madrid.
And it was in the Spanish capital that all of Europe began to take notice of his immense potential, as Courtois solidifed himself as the club’s first-choice shotstopper despite his tender years, before going on to make 111 La Liga appearances during his three-year stint with Los Colchoneros.
Courtois returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 as one of the most highly-regarded goalkeepers in world football, quickly usurping Petr Cech as the Blues’ no.1 option between the posts.
And the 65-time capped international has since gone from strength-to-strength, solidifying himself as one of the first names on (former manager) Antonio Conte’s team-sheet in the English capital.
La Liga return?
However, despite his successes at Chelsea, rumours linking Courtois with a return to Spain have never fully died down, with Atletico’s fierce rivals Real Madrid having long been reported to hold an interest in the Belgian.
Though it is common knowledge that Los Blancos’ first-choice signing would be Manchester United’s David De Gea, Courtois has reportedly been identified as the ideal alternative, with Florentino Perez and co. huge fans of the 6ft 6in star’s talents.
In addition, Courtois has hinted on multiple occasions that he would be open to a move to the Bernabeu, with the Belgian’s two young children, Adriana and Nicolas, living with their mother, Courtois’ former partner Marta Dominguez, in Madrid.
As such, when a number of reports surfaced in France last month, claiming that Courtois’ move to the Spanish capital was as good as done, it was subsequently viewed as a near-inevitability that an official announcement would soon be made.
However, to this point, no such confirmation has been forthcoming, with an update from Sky Sports earlier this week having revealed that talks between Chelsea and Real had hit a wall.
And, as per the aforementioned update courtesy of the reliable Kristof Terreur a short time ago, citing Courtois’ agent Christophe Henrotay’s statement to the Sun last night, the shot-stopper’s desire to return to Madrid is based mainly around the desire to be closer to his family.
Terreur adds, though, that a deal is not close to being found, with Chelsea yet to identify a suitable replacement for the Belgian:
Chelsea are still refusing to accept Real Madrid’s offer for Thibaut Courtois as they haven’t found a replacement yet. Game’s on, the pressure too. See his agent’s statement in ‘the Sun’ – a little bit of human touch: it’s all about the children. 6 more days to get a deal.#cfc pic.twitter.com/OihI8GOdJc
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) August 4, 2018