Thibaut Courtois says he has nothing but happy memories during his time at Chelsea, despite the acrimonious nature of his exit from the club nearly three years ago.
The Belgian goalkeeper won two Premier League titles during a trophy-laden period of success at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
But, Courtois was desperate to return to Spain, where he had previously earned his reputation as one of Europe’s most promising keepers during a loan spell at Atelico Madrid, in order to be closer to his family.
After months of uncertainty, the blues relented and granted Courtois the chance to return to the Spain, before spending a club record fee on Kepa.
After a tough period at the Bernabeu, Courtois has rediscovered his best form and was instrumental as Zinedine Zidane’s side booked their place in the Champions League semi finals against Chelsea.
Reflecting on his exit ahead of Chelsea reunion, Courtois BeIN Sports: ‘It will be very nice to see a lot of familiar faces and I wish there was public at Stamford Bridge because there was a lot of happy moments I had there.
‘Even though maybe my departure wasn’t in the best way, or it was put that way, that it wasn’t the best way, I only have good memories. ‘Two Premier Leagues, a lot of other trophies – I’m really happy to play them, but only one can be in the final and I hope it’s Real Madrid.’
Courtois made several good saves against Liverpool last night to help protect his team’s 3-1 first leg advantage and Zidane heaped praises on the 28-year-old after another impressive performance between the posts.
He said: ‘He’s our goalkeeper and what he’s doing is phenomenal. I’m pleased for him because it’s very important to have a keeper who’s so assured between the posts. He’s always given us that. Courtois is doing a great job.’