Thibaut Courtois has apologised to Real Madrid fans after footage emerged of him singing an offensive song about his new club in 2013, when he was playing for rivals Atletico Madrid and celebrating a 2-1 win over Real in that year’s Copa del Rey final.
“I was very young at that time, I got carried away in the moment,” Courtois said. “I apologised at the time and I do again now. It was a youthful indiscretion.
“They [Madrid fans] will see that I will give it my all for the Real Madrid badge to win the games.”
The Belgian goalkeeper signed for Real on Thursday, joining from Chelsea in a £35million deal.
It’s possible that Courtois’ Madrid debut will come against his old club, as Real and Atletico are set to play next Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn.
Left-back Hernandez, 20, joined Los Blancos from city rivals Atletico Madrid last summer and went on to make 23 appearances.
Following the arrival of new head coach Julen Lopetegui, the Frenchman has been given the opportunity of more regular first-team football at the Anoeta Stadium.
“Real Sociedad and Real Madrid CF have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Theo Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for the current season. Real Sociedad have also reached an agreement with the French player,” a Real Sociedad statement read on the club’s official website.
“This morning, the defender underwent his medical at the Policlinica Gipuzkoa. The player will be presented in the next days.”
Real Sociedad start the new La Liga campaign away at Villarreal on Saturday.
Real Madrid don’t always get their way. If they did, it would be Max Allegri in the hotseat and not Julen Lopetegui.
As it is, Juventus coach Allegri decided to stick around in Turin, admitting his word to president Andrea Agnelli counted for more than Los Blancos’ advances earlier this summer.
Juve ended up bringing a piece of Real to him thanks to their jaw-dropping move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The acquisition of Ronaldo has doubtless solidified in Allegri’s mind that he reached the right decision, as he bids to end the Old Lady’s 22-year wait for the Champions League trophy.
“I said ‘no’ to Real Madrid because I made a commitment with the President,” the former AC Milan coach told magazine Stile Mese.
“Therefore, my maximum respect for Juventus and given word were why I rejected the call of Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and the dream for every coach.
“I’d be a hypocrite if I said I wasn’t honoured by their consideration, but I’m absolutely convinced that I made the right decision.
“Am I a ‘bandiera’ like Buffon or Del Piero? I absolutely don’t want to be equated with them because they’re players who wrote Juventus’ history, whereas I’ve only been here for four years.”