Thibaut Courtois caused quite a stir last summer when he went AWOL from Chelsea.
The goalkeeper had long been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and Real Madrid were said to be long-term admirers.
In all honesty, fans were expecting the Belgian to move on at some point. But they certainly weren't expecting the way he forced his move through last August.
Following an impressive display at the World Cup, where Courtois won the Golden Glove, he was expected back at Chelsea after a short summer break.
But, he never returned to report for training.
The 26-year-old instead decided to stay away in an attempt to force his move to Madrid through and on the 8th of August, Los Blancos confirmed his transfer.
LEAVING A SOUR TASTE
Unsurprisingly, the way the 'keeper left massively upset Chelsea and their fans, who believe he acted unprofessionally and showed no loyalty while trying to force through a move.
But over the weekend, he attempted to justify his actions in an interview.
Courtois has claimed that before the World Cup started, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia actually promised him that he could leave Stamford Bridge.
He suggests that Granovskaia then backed out of that agreement - and that's why he went AWOL to force through a move.
His version of events have caught the eye of many, including those at Chelsea, who have since responded to the claims.
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the club are 'furious' with their former goalkeeper's comments and they 'strongly reject' his suggestions.
"Courtois tried to justify his actions at the weekend by claiming Granovskaia attempted to back out of a pre-World Cup agreement that he could leave Stamford Bridge," the paper reports.
"Chelsea sources strongly reject this suggestion and his version of events, and Courtois can expect a frosty reception from his former club and its fans if he ever has to return with Real."
Sources close to the London club have made their feelings very clear and judging by their comments, Courtois will not be welcomed back like so many other former players are.
DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF EVENTS
"It is understood that Chelsea’s versions of events are that, despite offering to make him the best-paid goalkeeper in the world, Courtois informed the club of his desire to leave in March," the report continues.
"The Blues responded by telling Courtois they would start to consider potential replacements and he may be allowed to go if they could identify the right man and received a bid they were happy with and that would satisfy his demands.
"They insist Granovskaia did not, as Courtois claimed, say: 'We’ll let you go and we will find a replacement.'
So, Chelsea and Courtois have very different takes on how the goalkeeper's time in London came to an end.
We'll probably never know for sure who's side should be believed - but Chelsea strongly refuting Courtois and his claims won't help his already damaged reputation amongst fans.News Now - Sport News