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Courtois' Real Madrid unveiling: 10 key quotes from the Belgian

Courtois' Real Madrid unveiling: 10 key quotes from the Belgian



Ex-Atlético keeper Thibaut Courtois was today presented by Real Madrid after sealing a 35m-euro move from Premier League side Chelsea.

Lifelong affection for Real Madrid:

"I think we all know that, when you're a kid, there's always a club that really makes you sit up and take notice."

Competing with Keylor Navas for the number-one spot:

"I arrived at Chelsea with [Petr] Cech there, and I ended up being first choice. I've come here to give my all and it's down to the coach to decide."

His relationship with Keylor:

"The goalkeepers [in a squad] share a dressing room and are friends too. I'll be doing everything I can to help create a good atmosphere within the group."

Kissing the Real Madrid badge during his unveiling:

"I've come to a club that I've always wanted to play for. I've never kissed the badge before, but I have today."

Courtois kisses the Real Madrid badge as he poses during his presentation by the LaLiga club.

Leading an anti-Real chant with Atlético fans during his 2011-2014 spell at Los Blancos' city rivals:

"I was very young. I've said sorry and I do so again now. They [the fans] will see that I'm going to give my all for Madrid."

Facing his former side in Wednesday's Uefa Super Cup:

"It'll be a special game. I have huge respect for Atlético. I had a great time there, but now this is my club and my home."

On Sergio Ramos, whose last-gasp header denied Atlético Champions League final victory in 2014:

"That's part and parcel of football. We [Atlético] did manage to beat them to a Copa del Rey. Now I'll say to him: Let's go and win a Champions League together."

Goodbye message to Chelsea fans:

"I hope they remember me fondly, and I wish them all the best."

Strongest selection of keepers in a club squad in world football?

"I'd like to think so. I'm a top goalkeeper, as are Keylor and Kiko [Casilla] and, from what I've seen of him, [Luca] Zidane."

On Real Madrid legend and fellow goalkeeper Iker Casillas:

"When I [first] saw him play, I was just so struck by the fact that a keeper who was then only 18 could perform like that under such pressure."

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
14Betis 0 0 0 0
15Real Madrid 0 0 0 0
16R. Sociedad 0 0 0 0
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*Update 9 de agosto de 2018


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