Courtois missed Chelsea training due to stress over move, claims agent

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The Blues lost their former first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid last week in a deal that saw Mateo Kovacic arriving at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal.

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Thibaut Courtois would not have left Chelsea for Real Madrid if his children lived in London, claims the goalkeeper's agent Christophe Henrotay.

"There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his child".

"If his family were in London everything would've been different, he would've stayed there because, in fact, there was no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, where he could continue to win titles".

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Henrotay said the reason why Courtois missed the two days of training was because he was "a bit stressed by the situation" and while he understands the reaction, supporters must respect the decision given the reason.

"In the first half we started on the front foot, where we really wanted to be active", he said. "It is not doing something against their fans, it is about getting the best of a situation that is not ideal".

"He is a great player and I would like to be always at his side, let's see what happens in the future".

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