The deal is done and dusted. Just like we have been writing and believing for some days now, it is finally official that the 2018 World Cup Competition Golden Gloves Winner, Thibaut Courtois is now an authentic Real Madrid player.
The European Champions finally concluded negotiations with Chelsea to ensure the move finally ends one of the most drawn-out transfer challenges of this summer’s window.
Real Madrid had for sometime now shown a serious interest in acquiring the services of Thibaut Courtois and the player himself never hid his interest in leaving Chelsea to move on to Madrid. Hear what he had to say on the issue at a stage:
“Back to Madrid? My children are very important to me, I’ve always said that, and they live there.”
And so, it was always very likely that the goalkeeper would surely move over to Spain. But the story end there? No!
The other side of this story is that even though Thibaut Courtois may have been promised the number one spot between the posts at Madrid, Manager Julen Lopetegui surely has a new problem to sort out as the current World Best Goalkeeper arrives Madrid.
The fact remains that Real Madrid now has four goalkeepers vying for three spots therefore meaning that one of them will have to find himself another employer somewhere else.
That should not be a problem for the erstwhile number one goalkeeper at Madrid, Keylor Navas who manned the sticks as the team won the last three Champions League crowns.
But then there is a Kiko Casilla who will have to be contented as the number three goalkeeper and making him effectively a spectator in that department of the defence. He may just be the one to look elsewhere for active participation in the game.
Of course, there is another new arrival at the club in person of Andriy Lunin. In his own case he is just 19 and will likely be loaned out to another team so as to gain some experience to help him develop into a better goalkeeper.
Time shall surely tell how well the Real Madrid Manager is able to sort out this new challenge as the team welcomes Thibaut Courtois to their fold.