Courtois says Chelsea transfer was sorted months ago; explains those comments

New Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois says his transfer out of Chelsea was sorted out in March.

The Belgium keeper left Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu in August for a fee of £35million after years of speculation.

Courtois has said he feels “sad” about how some Chelsea fans have turned against him following his return to Spain, but he has said the deal was drafted out as early as March this year.

When asked about some Chelsea fans feeling angry about the manner of his exit, Courtois said: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth.

“I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.

“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.

“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.

“I loved playing there and I am happy to have won two Premier Leagues, a league cup and an FA Cup.

“Hopefully it will turn around.”

The 26-year-old went AWOL after the World Cup and failed to report for training at Chelsea at the start of August.

While he also enraged Chelsea fans recently by claiming “the level [at Real Madrid] is higher than at Chelsea”.

Courtois though says he never meant to disrespect his former club.

“Obviously you get some things in the media like I said there was not enough quality at Chelsea,” Courtois added.

“I never meant that. I just said maybe in training it goes a little bit faster but that is also the quality of Real Madrid – that is not saying Chelsea does not have quality.

“I will always look back with a happy feeling to Chelsea. I had a chance to go back to Spain to be closer to my kids. That was an important thing for me.

“I know that a lot of Chelsea fans will understand my decision. I wish them the best and I am happy to see that they have won their first four games and I hope they can go on and win the league.”