Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Belgian star Thibaut Courtois on a £35m move which includes the season-long loan of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.
Courtois wrote on his Instagram official account: “Hello CFC Family. With these few words I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a special place in my heart”.
“I was only nineteen years old when the club showed a great belief in my abilities. The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true. The decision to first send me away helped me to grow into a goalkeeper fit for Chelsea FC”.
“When I returned, I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two Premier League titles, a League Cup and a FA cup!”
“A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and amazing moments with, both on and off the pitch. The team would never be successfull without the help of all the other members who are devoted to the players and the club, such as the medical department, kit men and all the others who I can’t thank separately!”
Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao by tomorrow