Courtois and Hazard had secret code to discuss Real Madrid while at Chelsea before making dream transfers


EDEN HAZARD and Thibaut Courtois secretly discussed playing for Real Madrid together in the Chelsea changing room.

The Belgian duo played together for four seasons at Stamford Bridge before securing their dream moves to the LaLiga giants.

 Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard were already talking about playing together at Real Madrid while still at Chelsea

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Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard were already talking about playing together at Real Madrid while still at ChelseaCredit: Alamy Live News

Goalkeeper Courtois made his £38million switch in 2018 before Hazard followed him a year later in a deal that could be worth up to £150m.

But the shot-stopper revealed they were already plotting to line up alongside each other – and even gave the Bernabeu a code name to avoid being caught out.

He told El Mundo: “In the Chelsea dressing room, we were talking about the possibility of playing here.

“‘The White House, the White House…’, we said. It was nice to speculate about it.

“Now, we are very eager to win trophies.”

Both Courtois and Hazard endured difficult starts to life with Los Blancos after winning two Premier Leagues, the FA Cup and League Cup together in West London.

The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper was heavily criticised in his debut season after making a string of errors and putting in unconvincing performances.


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And Hazard’s first year at the club has been heavily disrupted due to a problematic ankle which required surgery.

He only started nine LaLiga matches before the season went into lockdown and scored just once after revealing he was eleven pounds overweight when he first signed.

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The former PFA Player of the Year said: “My first season in Madrid is bad, but not in its entirety. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second.

“It is up to me to be in good shape next year. The group is good. For me it has been a great experience. I still have four years on my contract.”

Courtois, however, is confident Hazard will prove to be a major hit at the Bernabeu and will come good before long.

And with his compatriot back in training, the Belgian No1 reckons pal Hazard could make the difference and propel Real Madrid to the title when the season resumes in June.

He added: “Hazard is back and with a lot of energy. The stoppage has enabled him to get fit again.

“He can help us win the title. He is a key player for us.

“I’ve known him for nine years and he has always wanted to play here – it was his dream.”

Zinedine Zidane’s side are two points adrift of leaders Barcelona with 11 games to go.

 The Belgian pair, pictured with compatriot Michy Batshuayi, won the Premier League twice together at Chelsea

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The Belgian pair, pictured with compatriot Michy Batshuayi, won the Premier League twice together at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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