Thibaut Courtois has said it would be “fantastic” if Eden Hazard could one day join him at Real Madrid during his unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
“He is very happy that I am here because he knows how important it was for me to come to Real Madrid,” Courtois said. “He is 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 fantastic.”
Courtois signed his six-year Madrid contract before addressing the media, and he voiced his delight at completing a £35 million move to “the best club in the world.”
He had often expressed a desire to return to Madrid to live closer to his two children and declined to report for training earlier this week in order to force a move.
“A club like Real Madrid take notice of you if you’re playing well,” Courtois said. “I received a lot of offers — some better from a financial point of view — but I wanted to come here, and importantly, be close to my children. When there was a firm offer on the table, I was in no doubt. My goal was to come to Real Madrid. Everyone knew that.”
Despite the manner in which he left, Courtois insisted that he still has good feelings towards his former club.
“The only thing I can say is that I want to thank fans for the last four years,” Courtois said. “I want to thank them for their support. I know they are maybe not too happy at the moment, but I wish them all the best and I hope they remember me well.”