Thibaut Courtois is waiting on the offer of fresh terms at Chelsea, but admits his “heart is in Madrid” amid links to La Liga giants Real.
The Belgium international goalkeeper has long been linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu, having previously enjoyed a productive three-year loan spell at cross-city rivals Atletico.
His young family remain based in the Spanish capital, with that emotional draw set to lead him back to La Liga at some stage.
Speaking to Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, he said: “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid.”
“My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.”
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.”
“If they [Real] want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there. It is there that I became an adult.”