Thibaut Courtois sealed his dream move on Thursday as the Chelsea goalkeeper finalised a transfer to Real Madrid.
The Belgium international has been heavily linked to the Spanish giants for some time, and on deadline day he ended a seven-year association with Chelsea.
It became clear that Courtois was going to move on when he failed to report back for training following his extended holiday after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.
The shot-stopper edged even closer to the exit door when new manager Maurizio Sarri sealed the signature of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in a world-record deal.
The manner of Courtois’s move to the Bernabeu upset a large number of Chelsea fans, but he made the relationship even more sour when asked about Eden Hazard.
During his unveiling, the Belgian admitted to reporters that he would “love” for the playmaker to join him at the Bernabeu.
“He’s a wonderful player. I’d love to play alongside him again and we’ll have to see what happens in the future. If he ends up here one day, that would be brilliant.”
Hazard is Chelsea’s best player and to lose him in the future would be a massive blow.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of fans were far from happy with Courtois’s comment.
I just don’t understand why Courtois is trying to drag Hazard along with him to Real Madrid. That guy has done enough damage to us, he should just leave Hazard alone ffs #DeadlineDay
— Olootu Osman B. (@Osman_billzz) August 9, 2018
@thibautcourtois keep your hands off our player and concentrate on catching the ball with it.
Hazard will go on to become a legend at Chelsea and retire at Chelsea, unlike some.
— Mehul Kothari (@omnipresenNgolo) August 9, 2018
I’ve got no problem with Courtois wanting to go to Real Madrid or even with his display of kissing their badge. Announcing that he was willing to play out his contract and then refusing to report? Less cool. But publicly wooing Hazard to join him takes the cake. Viva Navas!
— Ben Ball (@Ben8ball) August 9, 2018
It’s incredible how quickly Courtois flipped me from admiring his ability to having utter disdain for him. I could forgive his pushing for the #1 as he was young with bags of talent but all the Madrid rumors for years and now the Hazard quote? Good riddance you snake. #CFC
— Azpi’s Army (@and_cfc) August 9, 2018
The ink isn’t even dry on Courtois’ Real Madrid contract and he’s already tapping up Hazard. Good riddance to him!
— Bob (@stebob1984) August 9, 2018
With all due respect for Courtois, but get f… away from Hazard, you got your loved transfer to Madrid, settle with that #TransferDeadLineDay
— Ayrton Barglini (@BargliniBRS) August 9, 2018
Courtois hate Chelsea like that?? Am really surprise. .look at what he’s saying too..I told someone yesterday, he will try to convince hazard to join him. The guy is evil..never knew he hate chelsea like that
— senyonino (@senyonino) August 9, 2018
He just does not need to be making those comments, he should be thankful to Chelsea FC for developing him and getting him where he is and not try and pry away our best player. Literally seems to be devoid of respect for Chelsea.
— ℂ (@ChelseaYannick) August 9, 2018