Spanish club Real Madrid on Wednesday officially announced that they signed Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The three-time defending UEFA Champions League winners will pay around €35 million to Chelsea for the services of the Belgian, as per reports.
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"Real Madrid C.F. and Chelsea F.C. have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has signed for the club for the next six seasons. After the medical that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, the player will be presented at 1pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
Subsequently, Courtois will go out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid C.F. jersey and will speak to the media in the press room," a statement by the club read.
👋 Welcome to @realmadrid, @thibautcourtois!#WelcomeCourtois| #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Qe0ctR3AUr— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 8, 2018
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Courtois will return to the Spanish capital for the first time since he left Real Madrid’s city rivals Atletico de Madrid.
However, it will be a tough call for new manager Julen Lopetegui to drop the current no.1 Keylor Navas from the playing XI, given his consistency for the three years, in which the club won the UEFA Champions League for three consecutive times.