Courtois: “My heart is in Madrid but…”

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted his ‘heart is in Madrid’ but he is in talks over a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian’s two children live in Spain’s capital, where he played for Atletico on loan from the English club, and the goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

“It’s well known my personal situation is connected to the city of Madrid. My two children live there with their mother,” Courtois told Belgian publication Sport Foot Magazine, in quotes carried by Reuters.

“As a situation, it’s not always easy. My heart is in Madrid; it’s logical and understandable. One day I’ll return to Madrid. I love Spain, I loved that city, I spent three wonderful years there.

“If Real are interested, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see, but they have never done so. If they’re really interested, my personal situation could affect it. The family aspect is priceless.

“But I repeat, for the moment I‘m busy talking to Chelsea to extend – we agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January.

“There’s no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there’s no problem and I will extend.

“I am happy here and I can see we’re heading in the right direction, looking to win many more titles. The signs are positive. Their desire to also tie Eden Hazard down reassures me too.”

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