Thibaut Courtois actively pushed for a move to Real Madrid in 2018. Now he’s trying to repair some bridges he’s burned, saying he wanted to go to Madrid because his kids live there.
“Last year, I obviously rooted for Chelsea in the final, they won it. This year I hope they rooted for us, and we won it,” Courtois said in an interview after Real Madrid defeated Liverpool.
“I hope they understand the decision [to leave Chelsea]. We have talked a lot about it, there are no hard feelings towards Chelsea, I love the club, but I love my kids more.
“Everything came together to go to Real Madrid and Real Madrid has been a dream club for me since I was a little kid, so it’s like a full circle now to win a Champions League with Real Madrid.”
The Belgian put in a magnificent display against Liverpool on Saturday, making nine saves—more than any other goalkeeper in the history of Champions League finals.