Chelsea, Real Madrid agree to Thibaut Courtois deal

Keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Belgium goalkeeper Courtois has always been a reported target for the European champions and he will leave Stamford Bridge subject to the completion of a medical on Thursday.

Stamford Bridge has also agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

"He's a wonderful player", Courtois said of his compatriot at his press conference.

I have references on him from players like Pepe Reina and other players. "If he ends up here one day, that would be fantastic".

Real Madrid have confirmed that Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning, before signing a six-year deal and being presented at 1pm local time (midday BST).

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"You know well that the city of Madrid is your home", Perez said. "I want to thank them for their support". Our challenge this season is to win every title available to us.

As ever, get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook. "From today, I can achieve the dream I had as a child". When there was a firm offer on the table, I was in no doubt.

At that point, it seemed highly unlikely that such a transfer would happen - especially so soon after Real Madrid has allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to depart for Juventus.

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan".

But it is Chelsea's move to replace their first-choice goalkeeper that is most eye-catching.

"When I saw Iker play at the beginning what most caught my attention is that a goalkeeper of 18 could stand the pressure of the Bernabeu".

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