It is no secret that Real Madrid are interested in signing a top-class goalkeeper. The All Whites have been heavily linked with a move for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but now latest reports from Spanish outlet Don Balon (via The Express) claim that Madrid players including captain Sergio Ramos would prefer Chelsea shot-stopper, Thibaut Courtois, instead.
Also, the report interestingly goes on to claim that the Belgian goalkeeper is desperate to make a move to the Spanish capital. With Courtois' contract running out in June 2019, Los Blancos are confident of completing the deal for a relatively low price of around £40 million.
Courtois has been heavily linked to Madrid in the last two years and with no sign of a new contract, Madrid are ready to swoop in and make the dependable Belgian their long-term number 1.
Courtois has always been open about making a move and when asked last summer about staying at Chelsea long term, he replied:
“I do not say yes, I do not say no…I do not know. We must see what Chelsea want.”
The Chelsea goalkeeper enjoyed a hugely successful spell at Real Madrid's rivals Atletico Madrid from 2011-2014 where he made 154 appearances and kept 76 clean sheets.
Keylor Navas has come under increasing pressure and criticism in the last few months and it is quite clear that Los Blancos are on the lookout for a dependable shot-stopper. While Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is certainly talented, there is no denying the fact that Courtois is at a higher level than him at the moment.
One of the most consistent goalkeepers in the world, Courtois along with David De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. Also, the Belgian already has experience of playing in La Liga and the signing would make a lot of sense for Zidane and Real Madrid.