Thibaut Courtois missed Chelsea training through stress, says agent

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Thibaut Courtois missed training at Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid because he was stressed, says his agent who added that the keeper had apologised to the Blues. Courtois, 26, said he wanted to move to be closer to his children in Madrid and did not return to Stamford Bridge after playing for Belgium in the World Cup. “The deal was about to be realised,” said his agent Christophe Henrotay. “It’s probably something that ideally we wouldn’t have wanted.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek, Henrotay added: “This was the situation, he apologised and finally everybody is happy.” Courtois signed a six-year deal with Real to end his seven-year spell at Chelsea, who signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m as his replacement. “It’s true that some players push and it’s true that at certain moments Thibaut was getting a bit stressed by the situation because Madrid made an offer and he had an opportunity to go,” said Courtois’ agent.

“He was a bit stressed that this could not happen.”