Courtois is forced to DELETE goodbye message to Chelsea fans
Thibaut Courtois had to take down an Instagram post saying goodbye to Chelsea after it provoked a furious reaction from fans.
The Belgium international has completed a £35million move to the Champions League winners.
Chelsea confirmed the signing of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to replace him for a record of £71m.
In the original post, Courtois said: ”With these few words I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a special place in my heart.
‘I was only nineteen years old when the club showed a great belief in my abilities. The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true. The decision to first send me away helped me grow into a goalkeeper fit for Chelsea FC.
‘When I returned I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two Premier League titles, a League Cup and a FA Cup.
‘The team would never be successful without the help of all the other members who are devoted to the players and the club, such as the medical department, kit men and all the others I can’ thank separately!
‘Last but not least I want to thank the fans for their great support over the years. I hope you understand that being closer to my kids was considerable in my decision.
‘I wish you all the best for the future. It was a great honour to be part of the CFC family!’
The fee for Arrizabalaga eclipses the previous £66m Liverpool paid to Roma for Alisson to make Arrizabalaga the most expensive keeper in history.
Sevilla’s Sergio Rico and Stoke’s Jack Butland were among other options considered by the club before deciding to break their transfer record for Spain keeper Arrizabalaga.
While both players were considerably cheaper, Chelsea hierarchy believed the pair have been more inconsistent.
Courtois, who played every match as Belgium came third at the World Cup this summer, was also criticised by fans in response to Chelsea’s official Twitter statement confirming his departure.