Courtois hails Chelsea ‘support’ after winning battle for number one jersey

first_img1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has praised the club for the way they handled him during his two-season loan spell at Atletico Madrid.The Belgium international stopped has pipped Petr Cech to the No1 spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season after impressing in La Liga over two campaigns.After the Champions League draw with Schalke on Wednesday night, Mourinho refused to answer any more questions about how he will manage to keep both goalkeepers happy – but he repeated his claim that the pair are among the best three in the world.It was widely believed Courtois would have demanded a permanent move away from Chelsea if he wasn’t given a first-team chance this season – like his international team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Everton.But he has just signed a new five-year-deal and thanked the club for the close attention they paid to him while he was away from west London honing his skills in Spain.“It is really nice when one of the best teams in the world goes and gets you,” Courtois said about his move from Genk in 2011.“They put a lot of trust in you and they give you the chance to develop in the best way you can.“Christophe Lollichon [Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach] followed me when I was abroad and the club kept in contact, watched my games and analysed my performances. That was really nice.“You feel important because, even when you are not in Chelsea colours, they know you are developing well and also they are supporting you.” Thibaut Courtois last_img

first_img1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has praised the club for the way they handled him during his two-season loan spell at Atletico Madrid.The Belgium international stopped has pipped Petr Cech to the No1 spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season after impressing in La Liga over two campaigns.After the Champions League draw with Schalke on Wednesday night, Mourinho refused to answer any more questions about how he will manage to keep both goalkeepers happy – but he repeated his claim that the pair are among the best three in the world.It was widely believed Courtois would have demanded a permanent move away from Chelsea if he wasn’t given a first-team chance this season – like his international team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Everton.But he has just signed a new five-year-deal and thanked the club for the close attention they paid to him while he was away from west London honing his skills in Spain.“It is really nice when one of the best teams in the world goes and gets you,” Courtois said about his move from Genk in 2011.“They put a lot of trust in you and they give you the chance to develop in the best way you can.“Christophe Lollichon [Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach] followed me when I was abroad and the club kept in contact, watched my games and analysed my performances. That was really nice.“You feel important because, even when you are not in Chelsea colours, they know you are developing well and also they are supporting you.” Thibaut Courtois last_img

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