Following his unveiling as a new Real Madrid player and taking his first steps on the Santiago Bernabéu pitch, Thibaut Courtois spoke to the press in the stadium’s media room.
“I’ve got so many thoughts running through my head right now. I’m so proud to be coming to the best club in the world, I’m very excited by this challenge. I can’t wait to start training in order to head into this season in great shape”, he said.
“I’m coming into a club that has just won three Champions Leagues in a row and it’s important to keep winning all the trophies we can. I want to continue to add success to this club’s history. Our challenge this season is to win every title available to us. We’ve got a great squad and I hope I can help the team to keep winning things”.
The Belgium number one, 26, completed his move to the Spanish capital hours after Chelsea confirmed Real midfielder Mateo Kovacic had joined on loan.
Real posted a clip of Courtois signing his contract alongside club president Florentino Perez.
“Today I am realising a dream,” said Courtois.
Real have not revealed how much they have paid for Courtois, who had a year remaining on his contract, but reports suggest the deal is worth up to £35m.
On Monday Courtois was absent from Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, where he was due to take part following his involvement at the World Cup.
Courtois was voted best goalkeeper at the tournament in Russia, where Belgium beat England in a third-place play-off.
“Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart,” he said in a Facebook message posted on Wednesday. “I want to thank the fans for their great support.
“I hope you understand that being close to my kids was considerable in my decision.”