Courtois would have stayed in Chelsea if his family were in London - agent

Courtois would have stayed in Chelsea if his family were in London - agent

Thibaut Courtois would have stayed in Chelsea if his family lived in London, his agent said.

The Belgian international goalkeeper left Chelsea earlier this week for a £ 38m win for Real Madrid. The Premier League club broke the world record with the change of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Courtois was absent in the days before his departure, but with his family living in Madrid, his agent Christophe Henrotay insists that there were honest reasons to force his sale.

"There was a misunderstanding that he wanted to take a step for the wrong reasons, but he urged to leave Chelsea because of his child," said Henrotay BBC 5 live Sportsweek program.

"If the family were in London, it would have been different, he would have stayed, there's no reason to leave an association like Chelsea, he could have won trophies.

"Unfortunately, his children live with their mother in Madrid.

"He had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but Chelsea had an interest in getting a deal with Madrid just before the end of his contract, which they did.

"For personal reasons, we have to respect that, and Chelsea understood the situation and really helped get the deal.

"They made a really quick and easy deal with each other and understood the humanity of the situation, it does not do anything to their fans, it's about making the most of a situation that's not ideal."

Henrotay also claimed that Courtois' reason for not coming to training in the days before he moved was because he was stressed.

He added: "It is true that some players push and in some moments it is true that Thibaut was a little stressed out of the situation because Madrid came and made an offer and he had the opportunity to go and he was stressed that this could not happen. "

The 26-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 after a three-year bond with Atletico Madrid, where his family lived in the Spanish capital.

And Henrotay says the reunification of the Courtois family made the deal even sweeter.

"It was a step he wanted because of his family, and he had the opportunity to return to Madrid – a city he loves, and such a big club in Real Madrid," he added.

"When we arrived in Madrid for signing, I had his parents, his brother, his sister, his child, the mother of the child, everyone was there and I told him that I'm glad he did a lot for him in Real Madrid, but it is also a family that comes together.

"I could see tears in my eyes and was pleased to do something, not just for a player, for a client, but for a family that's great.

"I totally understand the fans of Chelsea and nobody has reason to blame this feeling.

"Thibaut is such a great goalkeeper and he has done his best to win titles and trophies so it is not a good feeling to lose such a player."

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