Football clubs must be the only organisations that still use fax machines.
While the rest of the world moved onto emails about 20 years ago, it seems football clubs like to keep it traditional by sending the odd fax from time to time - particularly on or around transfer deadline day.
Article continues below
The world-class Belgium international was ruled out for several months of last season after suffering a torn meniscus - and Madrid, despite knowing full well about the rumours linking them with a move for the shot-stopper, sent him a message of goodwill.
But they didn’t send the fax to Courtois - it’s safe to assume the 24-year-old doesn’t own a fax machine - they sent it directly to Chelsea.
Article continues below
Real Madrid sent fax directly to Chelsea
According to the Telegraph, Real Madrid “unashamedly sent the fax” to Chelsea’s club machine at Cobham.
It was addressed to ‘Thibaut Courtois at Cobham’ and was signed by former Los Blancos player, Emilio Butragueno, who now works as the Spanish giants’ director of international relations.
Courtois appreciated the message
While Chelsea could be forgiven if they felt a little perturbed by the brazen message - as the Telegraph state in their report, this could have been perceived as a gradual courtship of the player - Courtois appreciated it.
“Real Madrid showed me a very nice gesture when I injured my knee last year - they sent me a fax to wish me a speedy recovery,” the ‘keeper said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca.
Courtois admits he misses Spain
Real have been linked with Courtois on a couple of occasions in the past and were tipped to renew their efforts to sign the Belgian after missing out on Manchester United’s David de Gea last year.
However, Courtois still has strong feelings for Atletico, so a move to the Bernabeu seems unlikely - even though the player admits he misses Spain.
"I feel half Spanish," Courtois was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "When I said goodbye I had a bad time. It was not easy and I cried.
"Atletico is a family club. I still feel their love."
He added: "From the first minute I fell in love with Spain for its people, lifestyle and food. I still maintain eating dinner and then an afternoon nap, most of the TV I watch is Spanish."
How long will Thibaut Courtois be at Chelsea for? Will he sign for Real Madrid one day? Have your say by leaving a comment below.