Thibaut Courtois claims to have been “happy at Chelsea” but says no player in world football would turn down the chance to sign for Real Madrid.

The Belgium international swapped Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2018.

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He had made no secret of his desire to secure a switch to Spain, with his young family still living in the country following a productive three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2014.

Chelsea eventually bowed to his wishes once it became clear that he would not be committing to fresh terms in west London, but Courtois claims he never sought to force the issue.

He told ABC:

“I don’t know any player that wouldn’t want to play for Real Madrid.

“I was really happy at Chelsea, I felt completely integrated at the club and I had great team mates. Zero problems.

“But Real Madrid came knocking and obviously when Madrid show an interest, it’s the biggest call you can get in football.”