Courtois to Madrid ‘very close’

Real Madrid are ‘very close’ to signing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as Marca say the deal could be ‘concluded almost immediately’.

The Belgian international goalkeeper – who won the World Cup Golden Gloves award – is out of contract at Stamford Bridge next summer and is said to be available for €35m.

Madrid have held a long-standing interest in bolstering their goalkeeping department as Keylor Navas has held the number one jersey.

Courtois has two children living in Madrid following his spell with Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2014, while he has constantly been linked with a move to the European champions.

“After the World Cup, in around eight or nine days, I’ll decide what’s best for me, I’ll talk later,” Courtois told Onda Cero ahead of Belgium’s semi-final with France a week ago.

Marca believe a deal for the shot-stopper could be concluded this week.

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