Thibaut Courtois has revealed that Chelsea fans do not understand the reason behind his move to Real Madrid.
The Belgium international secured a move to Spain for a fee of £35 million to be close to his family.
Courtois drew the vexation of the Chelsea faithfuls when he failed to return for pre-season training.
However, Courtois claims his actions were misinterpreted, and that Chelsea had been made aware of his intentions well before the deal was completed.
“It makes me feel sad. Obviously they don’t know all the truth,” he told reporters after Belgium’s friendly win over Scotland on Friday.
“I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.
“Then because the transfer was close I didn’t show up [to training] because I thought it was better not to disturb the squad. I didn’t want it to be toxic.
“Obviously it’s a pity because I love Chelsea. I loved playing there.”