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Thibaut Courtois completes move to Real Madrid from Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois has completed his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea. Credit: PA

Thibaut Courtois has completed his move to Real Madrid from Chelsea.

The Belgium international, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup, has signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

Courtois had a year remaining on his Chelsea deal and did not report for training with the Blues this week, before the transfer was agreed for a reported £31.5million.

Courtois passed a medical at Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital and was later unveiled as a Real player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Mateo Kovacic moved on a season-long loan in the opposite direction.

Courtois spent three seasons at Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid, on loan from Chelsea, and expressed a desire to return to the Spanish capital from London.

He lifted two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, establishing himself as number one despite the presence of Petr Cech.

Chelsea reacted to Courtois' impending departure by breaking their transfer record - and the world record for a goalkeeper - to land Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £72.1million.

With Courtois going AWOL on Monday, he clearly damaged his relationship with a number of Chelsea supporters.

The former Racing Genk stopper deleted an Instagram post on Wednesday night in which he thanked the club and fans ahead of his move away.

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