Chelsea star shows clear sign his future lies with Real Madrid

In Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
In Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea have one of the best goalkeepers in the world. /

Chelsea need to start making plans about a new keeper

Rumours connecting Thibaut Courtois with a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid are certainly nothing new. Unfortunately for the Blues, now the Belgian keeper is showing concrete signs that he believes his future lies in Spain.

Reports from Spain claim that Courtois is now investigating schools for his daughter in Madrid. Sources also assert that the towering keeper has definitely told friends that he believe he’ll move back to Spain in the near future. This news can’t be welcome at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte and company understand they face an uphill challenge to keep their star shot-stopper. Ever since his move to the Premier League from Atletico Madrid, Courtois has been intrigued by a move back to Spain.

Officials at Chelsea have always hoped that their club’s success would be enough to keep Courtois in England. They’ve believed that despite the fact that his family has never made the move from Spain. Now, with his daughter ready to begin school next year, it seems that the Courtois family are ready to put down roots.

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The fact that those roots won’t be put down in England should set off alarm bells at Stamford Bridge. With Diego Costa already engaged in a high-profile transfer tussle with Conte, they can’t afford Courtois to follow suit. A second high-profile conflict would raise real questions about Conte’s ability to manage his own squad.

It might even be prudent for Chelsea to begin investigating potential replacements for their star keeper. Ironically, winning the Premier League title this season might make Courtois even more likely to seek a Spanish return in the summer. After all, it would allow him to make a strong argument that he’s done all he can do for the Blues.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, have to be salivating at this recent news. They know that Courtois wants a move back to Spain, and they are the club with the biggest budget to bring him home. You can bet that their club officials will be happy to make sure the keeper’s daughter enrolls in the school of the family’s choice.

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