Agent: Fam­ily ties too strong

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT -

– Thibaut Cour­tois would prob­a­bly still be a Chelsea player had his fam­ily lived in Lon­don and not Madrid, his agent told the BBC yes­ter­day.

The 26-year-old Bel­gian – whose out­stand­ing per­for­mances as Bel­gium fin­ished a best ever third at the World Cup earned him the Golden Glove award for best goal­keeper – moved to Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Real Madrid on Wed­nes­day for a re­ported £38 million, a rel­a­tively low fee due to him hav­ing just one year left on his con­tract.

How­ever, his agent Christophe Hen­ro­tay in­sisted yes­ter­day the Chelsea fans should not be an­gry and think of Cour­tois as be­ing dis­loyal in seek­ing to move to Madrid even if his re­fusal to re­turn to the Lon­don club for pre-sea­son train­ing and talks with new man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri left a sour taste.

“There has been a mis­un­der­stand­ing that he wanted to get a move for the wrong rea­sons, but he was push­ing to go out of Chelsea be­cause of his chil­dren,” said Hen­ro­tay.

“If the fam­ily were in Lon­don it would have been to­tally dif­fer­ent. He would have stayed, there is no rea­son to leave a club like Chelsea.

“Un­for­tu­nately his kids are liv­ing with their mother in Madrid,” he said. – AFP

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