Belgian champions Genk have reluctantly agreed to sell teenage goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea on a five-year deal. Reports suggest the Blues have splashed out £7.9million to land the well-regarded 19-year-old.
And Genk admitted they had little option but to let him leave once the Blues made their intentions plain with a substantial bid.
"We received an enormous offer that gave us no choice but to let our goalkeeper leave," Genk director Dirk Degraen told a press conference.
"But I have mixed feelings about this transfer. Genk wanted Thibaut to stay a bit longer."
Courtois does not expect immediate first-team action in west London.
"It won't happen in one or two years, but in three, four or five years. I can therefore work on my development in peace."