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Official: Real Madrid agree Courtois-Kovacic swap deal

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Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

Madrid, August 9: Real Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a six-year deal, with Mateo Kovacic set to go the other way on loan.

Belgium goalkeeper Courtois has long been a reported target for the European champions and he will leave Stamford Bridge subject to the completion of a medical on Thursday (August 9).

The 26-year-old had entered the final year of his deal at the Premier League club and made no secret of his desire to move to the Spanish capital, the home of his children and where he previously spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid.

In return, Julen Lopetegui's side have sanctioned a one-season loan spell at Chelsea for wantaway midfielder Kovacic, who is yet to fully settle at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical," Chelsea signalled in a statement published on the club's official website.

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan."

Real Madrid also confirmed the deal, revealing that the Belgium goalkeeper will put pen to paper on a contract that takes him up to the end of the 2023-24 season.

"Real Madrid and Chelsea have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who will be linked to the club for the next six seasons," Madrid stated on their official website.

"After the medical that will be carried out on August 9, the player will be presented at 1pm (12pm BST, 7am ET) in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

"Later Courtois will step out for the first time on the Santiago Bernabeu turf with the Real Madrid shirt and speak to reporters in the press room."

Courtois played a total of 154 appearances for Chelsea, winning the Premier League on two occasions.

He also boasts ample experience in Spain, having made an identical number of appearances for Atletico which included a starring role in the Colchoneros' 2013-14 Liga triumph.

Courtois may not have to wait long to face his old club, with Real Madrid set to face Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15.

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    Story first published: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 0:50 [IST]
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