Thibaut Courtois admitted that he made the move from Chelsea to Real Madrid so that he could have more competition for his place.

The 26-year-old had a acrimonious departure from the Blues this summer to make his La Liga switch, stating that his decision was down to want to spend more time with his children who live in the Spanish capital.

The Belgian World Cup Golden Glove winner had a difficult start to life in Spain as he struggled to get the starting spot from Keylor Navas with Julen Lopetegui was in charge.

However, Lopetegui was recently sacked after a poor start to the campaign and since temporary boss Santiago Solari has been in charge Courtois has been the number one for Madrid.

But the former Blues man insists that the challenge of fighting for his place in the side, which is not something that happened at Stamford Bridge, was one of the things that attracted him to a move to Real Madrid.

“The only difference is that we now have confidence and momentum,” Courtois told reporters, as told by Marca .

“Before this run we did not have any luck, goals came at the wrong moments, the ball would have hit the post instead of going in, things like that.

“My run of games? I know how competitive this club is and how difficult it is for the coach to choose in positions in a lot of games, that is why I came here.

“We have a great spirit in the dressing room and we push each other on, we all get on very well and it is a good situation for us all.”