"A club like Real Madrid take notice of you if you're playing well", Courtois said.
Looking at the transfers as two completely separate components, it can be argued that Chelsea have done a fairly decent job given the tools they have had to work with.
Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who now is expected to join Chelsea as Courtois' replacement. This would be the second time it has been broken during this window after Liverpool won the race to sign Allison from Roma.
His greatest assets are lightning-fast reflexes, allowing him to make stunning close-range stops, and calm composure in even the most frenetic of penalty areas.
Despite posting a heartfelt message to Chelsea fans - and being part of two title-winning squads - Courtois' kind words were not replicated by the Stamford Bridge faithful and he had to delete his post.
Belgium worldwide goalkeeper Courtois is poised to leave for the Bernabeu, with the news that Chelsea have activated Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause freeing up the 26-year-old to leave. In terms of the price, it's something I don't think about.
The Belgium global, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer, has signed a six-year deal.
He has signed a seven-year contract at the club and replaces Thibaut Courtois, who has joined Real Madrid.
Are Real done in the transfer market now or is there more new faces to come in?
The 24-year-old Croatian global previously played for Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, Italian club Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
"A huge thank you to all my team-mates and the technical staff, who I shared success and unbelievable moments with".
"The Spanish worldwide goalkeeper arrives ahead of the new Premier League season, having signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge", Chelsea said in a statement.
"I hope they remember me fondly, and I wish them all the best".
"I want to thank them for the last four years I have been there", he said via Standard.