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Courtois responds to Chelsea boos with ‘painted’ exit claim

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Thibaut Courtois says his transfer to Real Madrid wasn’t as it seemed as he responded to the boos he received from the Chelsea fans on Wednesday night.

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It was the first time Courtois had played in front of Chelsea fans since leaving Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2018.

The 29-year-old was booed everytime he touched the ball and brushed it off as “part of football” after the game, before claiming “how they painted my departure was not how it went through.”

“Obviously I knew it wouldn’t be friendly, especially in the stadium,” Courtois told BT Sport when asked about the boos. “Maybe if you see some people outside the ground they will be more friendly. It’s obviously part of football, that’s unfortunate because how they painted my departure was not how it went through.

“But I’m happy with the result and I will always care about the special moments here at the Bridge, two leagues… it’s not easy to win two Premier Leagues in four years, so I’m happy for that and the moments here, so what happened today I don’t take it too much.”

Courtois’ exit from Chelsea was messy, as he revealed his desire to leave the club before failing to report for training to force through the move.

It was reported he wanted to be closer to his family, including two young children, who lived in Madrid at the time.

Benzema completed his hat-trick on Wednesday evening after a mistake by Courtois’ opposite number and successor, Edouard Mendy.

On the error, Courtois said: “Yeah, that’s unfortunate. There are things that happen unfortunately in football for us goalkeepers, you miss a pass there’s no one behind you who can save it.

“He gave Chelsea a lot of points last year, he helped them to win the Champions League, so I don’t think they will blame him too much. But I understand for him it will be a hard evening but he will bounce back.”

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