In the summer of 2018, having previously spent time on loan in Spain at Atletico Madrid, the Belgium international goalkeeper made it clear that he wanted out of West London.

Courtois will be very happy to see a lot of familiar faces at the Blues

Thibaut Courtois is looking forward to reuniting with Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals, despite the Real Madrid goalkeeper admitting that his departure from Stamford Bridge ‘wasn’t in the best way’. In the summer of 2018, having previously spent time on loan in Spain at Atletico Madrid, the Belgium international goalkeeper made it clear that he wanted out of West London. His wish was eventually granted, but Courtois will return to familiar surroundings this season after helping Real Madrid past Premier League titleholders Liverpool and into a last-four clash with Chelsea. Courtois told reporters of lining up against the club where he won four trophies: “It will be very nice to see a lot of familiar faces. And I wish there were people at Stamford Bridge because there I had a lot of happy moments.”

The keeper hopes Real Madrid will win the UCL title

“Although maybe my exit was not the best way, or it was put that way, that it was not the best way, I only have good memories. Two Premier Leagues, many other trophies. I’m delighted to play them, but in the final, it may be only one and hope it’s Real Madrid”. The Blues bought into the potential of a promising keeper in the summer of 2011. He was immediately loaned to Atletico and would have spent three seasons with the Rojiblancos, winning the Liga title and reaching the Champions League final. He became Chelsea’s No. 1 in 2014, and Courtois would continue to make 154 appearances. He helped to land two Premier League titles while contributing to FA Cup and League Cup triumphs.

 

Chelsea were reluctant to part with him when Real Madrid came calling. But they were left with no choice when they saw the offer of a new contract knocked back. A £35 million deal was struck, and Courtois went on to play 119 times for Los Blancos, helping them secure a Liga crown and FIFA Club World Cup glory. The Belgian will now return to Stamford Bridge on May 5, with the first leg of a heavyweight semi-final match taking place in the Spanish capital on April 27.