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Courtois kisses badge, woos Hazard in first few hours as Real Madrid player

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Courtois burning bridges expertly

Thibaut Courtois was unveiled today as a Real Madrid player under the usual pomp and circumstance, including a press conference and a presentation in the stadium in front of thousands(?) of fans, and the former Chelsea and Atlético Madrid-man wasted no time in showing where his true loyalties lie.

While in terms of Chelsea, Courtois kissing the Real Madrid badge on his unveiling is about as meaningless as badge kisses get — we’re clearly under no delusions that Chelsea was a place he loved to be anymore — but given that his name is enshrined on a plaque in Atlético’s “Walk of Legends”, their fans might not take too kindly to this newest development.

“My objective was to come here. I have maximum respect for Atletico but now I’m at a club that I have always wanted to be at. I don’t think I’ve ever kissed a badge before. [...] I dreamed of this moment when I was a kid. I have been a rival player here. Now I’m one of yours and I cant wait to wear the badge”

-Thibaut Courtois; source: Mail

Ouch.

More pertinently for us, Courtois’s already started wooing Eden Hazard to join him next season, which is supremely annoying.

“[Hazard] is very happy that I am here, he is a great player and I would like to be always at his side. Let’s see what happens in the future, if he can come, it would be fantastic.”

-Thibaut Courtois; source: Metro

This guy.

On a final Courtois-related note, deposed Real Madrid starting goalkeeper Keylor Navas had one of the greatest responses ever to the question of whether he’ll give up his spot without a fight and just leave.

“Of course, and I say this with force, I have the same desire to leave that I have to die.”

-Keylor Navas; source: Onda Cero via Goal

Sounds like Thibaut’s got a fight on his hands.