Christophe Henrotay claims the Belgian goalkeeper would have been happy to stay at Stamford Bridge if his children had been to London with him
Thibaut Courtois would not have left Chelsea if his children were living in London, he claims Goalkeeper Christophe Henrotay
The Belgian international made a € 35m (€ 31m) change to the Santiago Bernabeu, who was transferred late in the Premier League, forcing Stamford Bridge to merge a record-breaking € 80m (72m). $ 91m) negotiate for Kepa Arrizabalaga
Courtois, who entered the last year of his contract, had made no secret of his desire to be reunited with his young family in Spain, as speculation about his future arose [1
Henrotay told Sportsweek about BBC Radio 5 Live : "There was a misconception that he wanted to take a step for the wrong reasons, but he urged to leave Chelsea for his children.
"If the family was in London would have been very different. He would have stayed, there would be no reason to leave an association like Chelsea, he could have won trophies.
"Unfortunately, his children live with their mother in Madrid.
" He had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but towards the end of his contract Chelsea had an interest in finding a deal with Madrid, which they did ,
"There are personal reasons, so we have to respect that." Chelsea understood the situation and really helped get the deal.
"They made a really quick and easy deal together and understood the humanity of the situation. It does not do anything to their fans, it's about making the most of a situation that's not ideal.
Courtois previously spent three seasons in Madrid on loan Atletico, with a return to the Spanish capital, proved an emotional move for all involved.
Henrotay added, " It was a move he wanted for his family and he had the opportunity to return to Madrid – a city he loves and to such a big club in Real Madrid.
"When we arrived in Madrid to make the signing, I had his parents, his brother, his sister, his child, the mother of the child, all are there and I said to him that I am pleased, one great thing for him to go to in Real Madrid, but also it's a family coming together.
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"I could see tears in her eyes and it delighted me in the Be able to do something not just for a player, for a client, but for a family "I totally understand the fans of Chelsea and no one has reason to blame that feeling."
"Thibaut is such a great goalkeeper and he did his best to win titles and trophies. It's not a good feeling to lose such a player."