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Courtois plays down his own role in Hazard’s Real Madrid saga

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But he sure would like to play with him again

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Capital One Cup Final
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the Capital One Cup Final match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Thibaut Courtois successfully forced a move to Real Madrid this past summer, going back on promises he made to Chelsea in the meantime, then immediately started wooing Eden Hazard to follow him to Spain as well, just to be extra annoying.

In fairness, Hazard may not need much convincing in that regard at all, and it’s unclear how much effect, if any, Courtois’ whisperings of sweet nothings and public advocating for Real to actually make a bid may have. Having already enraged the Chelsea and Atlético fanbases in his short professional career, it’s unlikely Courtois cares too much about his own public perception anyway.

“It would be nice [to have Hazard at Madrid], of course, but I cannot say much about it. That is something he has to decide and what Madrid must decide if they want him, because I do not know that either.”

“But Eden is a top player and also my buddy, so if he came here it would be fun, but he has to make his choices. Occasionally we laugh at the fact that we like to play football together but [his transfer to Real Madrid] is something I do not interfere in.”

“We will see at the end of the season what can happen but Eden is a fantastic football player.”

-Thibaut Courtois; Source: FourFourTwo

Last year, Hazard (jokingly?) declared that he will sign his Chelsea contract as soon as Courtois signs his. Now we know that Courtois never intended to do so. Let’s see how Hazard handles it...