His form caught Real Madrid's attention but mounting transfer speculation culminated in him signing a seven-and-a-half-year contract extension at San Mames in January.
Courtois said in a news conference yesterday of Hazard: "He's a wonderful player".
Courtois had stayed away from Chelsea's training ground this week as he tried to force through a move.
"Of course I know some of the players in the current team from the Spanish national side, even at the World Cup", he said. "If he ends up here one day, that would be brilliant". Kovacic, who had a two-year stint in Italy with Inter Milan, has also said he is looking forward to sharing the pitch with his fellow new signing. "We goalkeepers are a separate group within the squad and I'm going to do all I can to make sure we all get on well".
Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles. I just want to be myself, the same as I've always been, and try to give my best for the club.
The fee Chelsea have paid surpasses the £60m they spent on Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in July 2017.
"I hope I'll be able to adjust and adapt as soon as possible". When there was a firm offer on the table, I was in no doubt.
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"Nobody has given me any guarantees about being the starter", Courtois said at his presentation with Madrid on Thursday.
Sarri is also getting Kovacic, who had not played much with Madrid since joining the club in 2015 and had been seeking a transfer.
The 23-year-old would be brought in as a replacement for unsettled Thibaut Courtois.
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"I am very happy to continue in what I consider my home", Kepa stated at the time.
The Serbian is one of the most in-demand players in European football but a host of Premier League clubs baulked at his asking price; with the window in England now closed, Real have a virtually free run at the talented midfielder.