Three games into the new season and Chelsea already look like a team to beat.One player who has exceeded our expectations and outshone his individual greatness even in the presence of ever so reliable defense is the homecoming Thibaut Courtois.
Thibaut had a lengthy loan spell at La Liga champions Athletico de Madrid come to an end this summer when he was called back with the aim to provide competition for the Czech international Petr Cech. Having played the opening three Premier League games ahead of long time number one Cech, Courtois suggests that he is ready for the competition. The Belgian has won all accolades possible in a span of three very successful years at Vicente Calderón’s outfit. His impressive list of awards includes high personal honors:
-Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year (1): 2011
-La Liga Zamora Trophy (2): 2013, 2014
-La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year – LFP Awards (1): 2013
-Best Belgian Player Abroad (1): 2013
-ESM Team of the Year (1): 2013–14
Courtois understands the competitive situation at London outfit and suggests that he is ready for it. Courtois says:
“We don’t talk about the situation, but of course I know he has played 10 years at Chelsea and that now I am playing and for him it’s not the nicest situation. But that is the decision of the board and the trainer. He is working hard in training to be ready when I cannot play or I am maybe not playing well. We work well together. Of course as a professional and a winner you always want to play every game, so we will see what the decision is of the coach. But of course I am a professional player and I want to play every game that is possible.”
To the delight of many Chelsea fans, Courtois hints at signing a new contract extension with the club upon his return from international duty with Belgium. Jose Mourinho is keen to retain the player’s services for the long term and has put a five-year deal on the table with the view of improving his terms. The Beligian is reaping the benifits of consistent form and patience and has suggested that he does intend to sign the new deal keeping him with the London outfit for a long time.
“It’s not yet signed,” Courtois told Sky Sports. “I am here with the national team so it is difficult, but when I am back at Chelsea I will probably sign the new contract.”
He is back and is here to stay.