Courtois is into the last 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge and will make a decision on his future after the World Cup, but it is known that he wants to return to Spain.
The Belgian signed for Chelsea in 2011 but spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid before making his Blues debut in 2014.
Thibaut Courtois repeats: “My kids are the most important for me. I haven’t seen them a lot in the last 18 months. Facetime is nice, but seeing them grow up is something different. My kids will play an important role in my decision.” #cfc #bel #worldcup pic.twitter.com/FrYf9O9nmJ— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) June 30, 2018
Despite the fact that Courtois has now been a Chelsea regular for four years, his two children live in Madrid with their mother (Courtois' ex-girlfriend Marta Dominguez) and Courtois wants to move to the Bernabeu to be closer to them.
"I have a certain preferred destination," Courtois said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I have some ideas in my mind, but I'm focusing on the World Cup and have pushed all decisions ahead until after the tournament.
"My kids are the most important for me. I haven’t seen them a lot in the last 18 months. Facetime is nice, but seeing them grow up is something different. My kids will play an important role in my decision."
Courtois is on Real's shortlist, but he is not their number one choice. Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is their top target, though they may be forced to look elsewhere if the Italian club hold firm on their £80m valuation of the stopper.
Chelsea could pursue Alisson themselves if and when Maurizio Sarri is appointed manager, which would clear the way for Courtois to move to Madrid.
Real may be able to get Courtois on a discount deal, as Chelsea would rather get some money for him now rather than allowing him to leave on a free next summer.