June 20, 2024

‘Ready for anything’ Real Madrid player sends message to Chelsea fans ahead of Champions League clash

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Real Madrid player and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted he does not expect a warm welcome at Stamford Bridge.

Thibaut Courtois said ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final clash against Chelsea.

The 29-year-old forced his way out to join Real Madrid in 2018 and the move did not sit well with many Chelsea fans.

His agent later revealed that the goalkeeper simply wanted to move closer to his children, who lived away from him in Madrid at the time, but Courtois remains an unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge.

“I hope it will be a happy return to Stamford Bridge,” the Belgium international and a Real Madrid player told Real Madrid’s official website. 

“Now we are rivals. They want to win and so do I. 

“So I’m not asking for any applause. I hope I don’t get booed, but you never know.

“I’m ready for anything, and we’ll see how it goes. I’m happy to go back there with fans as last year the stadium was empty.”

His fellow former Chelsea player Eden Hazard has been left out of Real Madrid’s 23-man traveling squad due to injury.

The 31-year-old underwent surgery to remove the osteosynthesis plate in his right ankle towards the end of last month and it will take weeks to recover.

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