When Real Madrid first signed Thibaut Courtois, there were a lot of controversies around him, as most people didn’t think the team actually needed with a top-notch goalkeeper such as Keylor Navas already between the sticks.
Moreover, the Belgian looked shaky and unaware since his very first day at Santiago Bernabeu, but even with his blatant mistakes and failure to keep clean sheets, he was still ahead of Navas in Los Blancos’ pecking order.
So, when Real Madrid sent Navas to Paris Saint-Germain, everybody thought the controversy would be over, as the team would be pretty much stuck with Courtois going forward.
However, the Belgian was recently dropped from the team amid more criticism, with Alphonse Areola taking over as Real Madrid’s new starting shot-stopper after proving to be a more competent choice than the former Chelsea standout.
Hence, Roberto Martinez, Belgium’s boss, took a shot at Real Madrid for dropping Courtois from the starting XI, claiming he’s the best goalkeeper in the world:
“Thibaut is for me the best goalkeeper in the world, as he showed at the (2018 World Cup. From there, he is the best person for me to defend Real Madrid’s goal. It has been a difficult period, but I think that the opportunity to return with the national team has helped him to regain the good feelings, in the same way that we hope that the successes he has at Real Madrid can help us in the Euros,” Martinez told the press, as quoted by Goal.
Courtois is far from the great and confident goalkeeper he was during his days at Atletico de Madrid, and he’s put Real Madrid in a tough position more often than not, so this stint in the bench may be the best for Los Blancos. However, given his talent and the money Madrid spent on him, he’s likely to be back as the team’s starting shot-stopper in no time.