Thibaut Courtois has revealed he and Eden Hazard discussed moving to Real Madrid while they were both still at Chelsea.
Former Atletico Madrid stopper Courtois, who won the Premier League twice with Hazard while at Chelsea, became La Liga’s most expensive goalkeeper when he signed for just under €40m after the 2018 World Cup.
His countryman Hazard made the move to the Santiago Bernabéu last summer, tying the club-record €100m fee that Los Blancos paid for the services of Gareth Bale.
Courtois has now revealed the two transfers were less coincidental than they may seem, telling El Mundo that the duo would often fantasise about playing in Madrid during their time at Stamford Bridge.
“In the Chelsea dressing room, we were talking about the possibility of playing here,” recalled Courtois.
“‘The White House, the White House…’, we said. It was nice to speculate about it,” the Belgian added, invoking the Bernabéu’s famous nickname among its fans.
“Now, we are very eager to win trophies.”
Courtois struggled in his first season in Spain, being blamed for a number of high-profile mistakes and struggling in particular against Ajax as Real Madrid bowed out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage.
The Belgian has put his early blunders behind him this season, firmly establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Spain with his side conceding just 19 goals so far.
Things have not been as easy for Hazard, who has started only ten times in the league this season for Madrid, with a solitary goal against Granada to his name so far.
The former Premier League Player of the Season has been unfortunate, with a series of injuries so far which have stopped him from hitting his stride in his first season in Spain.