Thibaut Courtois’ agent has admitted that the Belgian goalkeeper has apologised his former club Chelsea for missing training before his transfer to Real Madrid.

Courtois signed a six-year contract on 8 August 2018 with the European champions. But before completing his move the Belgium international refused to return to Stamford Bridge for training as he was pushing through the deal.

However, the 26-year-old’s agent Christophe Henrotay has reiterated that his client’s absence was down to stress.

“The deal was about to be realised. It’s probably something that ideally we wouldn’t have wanted. This was the situation, he apologised and finally, everybody is happy. It’s true that some players push and it’s true that at certain moments Thibaut was getting a bit stressed by the situation because Madrid made an offer and he had an opportunity to go,” Henrotay told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He was a bit stressed that this could not happen. There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his child. If the family were in London it would have been totally different. He would have stayed, there is no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, he could have won trophies.”

“Unfortunately his kids are living with the mother in Madrid. He had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but running close to the end of his contract, Chelsea had the interest to find a deal with Madrid, which they did.”

“It is personal reasons so we have to respect this. Chelsea understood the situation and really helped to get the deal. They did a really quick and easy deal together, understanding the humanity of the situation. It is not doing something against their fans, it is about getting the best of a situation that is not ideal.”

Courtois, who won the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper in the 2018 World Cup, left the Blues after making 154 appearances at Stamford Bridge.

The former Atletico Madrid ace has also helped the Blues to win four trophies including two Premier League titles.

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