Thibaut Courtois’ agent has urged Chelsea to let the goalkeeper join Real Madrid. “He wants to be near his family.”
Chelsea have so far been unrelenting in their grip on Courtois, despite the Belgian’s long-standing desire to return to Madrid, and Christophe Henrotay pleaded with the Blues to think about the children in his client’s life.
“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” he told The Sun.
“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.
“We have seen suggestions that it is about money, and it is true he could get an increase with a move.
“But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision.
“Throughout this it has important for everyone to be reasonable, and the buying club has come up with a reasonable offer for a player who has one year left on his contract when they know they could sign him without a fee in 12 months.
“Chelsea could get a fair fee for him now and sign a replacement. Or they would still have to sign a replacement next summer, but without getting a fee for Thibaut.
“It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that.
“But this is a human decision based on someone wanting to be close to his children – and that is a reasonable thing too.”