Despite acknowledging that his exit from Stamford Bridge “wasn’t in the best way,” Thibaut Courtois is looking forward to reuniting with Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Belgium international goalkeeper made it clear in the summer of 2018, after spending time on loan in Spain with Atletico Madrid, that he wanted out of west London.
While his wish was finally granted, Courtois will return to familiar surroundings this season after guiding Real past Premier League champions Liverpool and into a last-four match against Chelsea.
“It would be really fun to see a lot of familiar faces and I wish there was public at Stamford Bridge because there were a lot of good moments I had there,” Courtois said of facing the club where he won four trophies.
“Even though my departure wasn’t the best, or at least it was put that way, I only have good memories.” I’m excited to compete in two Premier Leagues and a slew of other trophies, but only one team will reach the final, and I’m hoping it’s Real Madrid.”
During the summer of 2011, the Blues invested in the potential of a promising shot-stopper. He was immediately loaned to Atletico Madrid, where he would spend three seasons, winning the Liga and reaching the Champions League final.
In 2014, Courtois was named Chelsea’s No. 1 goalkeeper, and he went on to make 154 appearances for the Blues. He was a key part of two Premier League titles, as well as FA Cup and League Cup victories.
When Real came calling, the Blues were hesitant to sell him, but they had no option after their offer of a new contract was rejected.