Thibaut Courtois’ father reveals what motivates the Chelsea ace – and aims dig at English media

Thibaut Courtois is treated harshly by the English press, according to the Chelsea goalkeeper’s father.

Since returning from a multi-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid the Belgium international has been the Blues’ undisputed number one in between the sticks – even dislodging Petr Cech in the 2014/2015 campaign.

Whilst he is largely considered as one of the best stoppers in the Premier League, the general consensus is that Manchester United keeper David De Gea is right at the top while the likes of Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris, Manchester City’s Anderson as well as Courtois are seen in the category below.

In a season where the majority of Blues players under-performed, Courtois came in for some criticism in some quarters.

However, Thierry Courtois has jumped to the defence of his son by insisting that the 26-year-old is judged differently by the media in England.

“In the beginning of Thibaut’s career, I started collecting these statistics,” the Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws quoted Thierry as saying.

“I fill in my list every week because I like that. And Thibaut goes through my file so he can set goals for himself. ‘Still a clean sheet.’ It motivates him, without becoming an obsession.

“I think Thibaut is sufficiently in shape to be decisive for the national team (laughs). He showed that in the FA Cup final, where he was on top of his game.

It’s good because in the English press he had been criticised, but that is mainly because the bar for Thibaut is higher than for others.”

Whether Courtois will still be a target for the English press next season remains to be seen.

His contract at Stamford Bridge expires next summer and is set to make a decision on his future after the World Cup.

Pedro Rodriguez makes admission about his Chelsea FC future

Pedro Rodriguez has insisted that he is happy to stay at Chelsea FC beyond the summer.

The Spain international has been earning praise for his strong displays for the west London side since signing for the Blues in the summer of 2015 from FC Barcelona.

He played a key role in helping Chelsea FC to win the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge back in 2016-17, and he also helped the Blues to win the FA Cup last term.

Pedro has been linked with a move away from Chelsea FC but the player himself has now insisted that he is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his first-team place.

Speaking to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, Pedro said: “Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here.

“I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms, I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England.

“I’m enjoying my holidays right now, getting some rest and spending time with family, and then start the new season in the best way.”

Chelsea FC are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they bid to try and build a squad capable of winning the Premier League next season.

The west London side ended up in a disappointing fifth place in the Premier League table last term as they missed out on qualification for next season’s Champions League, before beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

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