Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois called Real Madrid ‘the best club in the world’ as he was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
The 26-year-old also paid tribute to the mother of his two children and was joined by them on the stage with club president Florentino Perez.
‘Arriving at the best club in the world makes me very happy. I have always given my best and will continue to do that,’ Courtois said in perfect Spanish.
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 can’t wait to wear the badge. Thanks to the president, my representatives, and my children and their mother. Even though we are not together she is still very important to me.’
Courtois was then joined on stage by Marta Domínguez and his two children Adriana and Nicolas.
He has spoken many times over the past year of his desire to move back to the Spanish capital to be close to his family.
There was no number on the goalkeeping jersey handed to him. Courtois has preferred the No 13 in the past but could be persuaded to take the No.1 by the club as a way of encouraging Keylor Navas to accept he is now very much the club’s number two.
President Perez referred to Chelsea as a ‘club amigo’ and said the friendly relationship between the clubs helped the deal go through.
The goalkeeper earlier on Thursday underwent a medical before being presented to swathes of Los Blancos supporters at his first press conference.
The Belgian shot-stopper had been agitating for a move away from Stamford Bridge all summer and his happiness upon completion of his move was clear for all to see as he beamed and gave a quick thumbs up during his medical examination.
Real Madrid then released a video of their latest signing, alongside president Florentino Perez, putting pen to paper on his six-year deal at the Bernabeu.
Courtois then posed for photos with the Real Madrid chief before inviting his family on stage to share the moment with him.
The move appears to have brought delight to the Courtois family, but has ruffled a few feathers among Chelsea supporters.