Madrid, It’s official. Thibaut Courtois will wear
the Real Madrid shirt next season following the completion of his move
from Chelsea, bringing an end to one of the most drawn-out transfer
sagas of this summer’s window.
From David De Gea to Alisson and Kepa there have been
plenty of rumours surrounding the Real Madrid No.1 spot, but
Florentino Perez has got his wish and signed the 26-year-old, who was
named the best goalkeeper at the World Cupin Russia.
The European champions have been interested in the Belgian for
some time now and the goalkeeper himself has never been shy in
admitting his interest in returning to Spain.
“Back to Madrid? My children are very important to me, I’ve always said
that, and they live there,” he acknowledged at the beginning of July.
Julen Lopetegui will be undoubtedly pleased to have one of
the world’s best between his posts, but the signing does present him
with a new headache too.
Real Madrid now have four goalkeepers for three places,
meaning one will have to be moved on.
The most immediate problem presented is with Keylor Navas
who, despite having his critics, has been the goalkeeper for Los
Blancos in their last three Champions League successes.
Zinedine Zidane always defended him as his No.1, and the plan
was for him to remain as such for next season.
Kiko Casilla will also be impacted.
If Keylor remained as first choice he was happy to stay and
compete but with Courtois’ arrival he is now third choice, meaning he
could seek an exit to find minutes elsewhere.
New arrival Andriy Lunin is the third.
At 19 he has just landed at an elite club and he may be loaned to
another club to find minutes to aid his development.
The fact is one player will have to leave with Courtois arriving.
He has already been crowned LaLiga champion with Atletico
Madrid and he is already at the peak of his game, the Spanish MARCA
Source: Oman News Agency