Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes that he did not get the recognition he deserved in England due to the way he left Chelsea in 2018, writes the Chelsea Chronicle.
The 30-year-old dropped one of the best, if not the best goalkeeping performance in a Champions League final during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Liverpool.
He made nine saves throughout the game, seven from inside the box, and arguably made the biggest difference in the game.
The former Blues goalkeeper argued that he made a statement with his performance as he talked about how his bitter Stamford Bridge departure influenced how people viewed him.
“There was a magazine in March that did not put me among the top 10 goalkeepers,” the Belgium international said after the Champions League final (via Sky Sports).
“That, I think, is a lack of respect.
“I’m not saying that they had to put me as number one. Really, I don’t mind [not being listed as number one].
“[Liverpool’s] Alisson is a great goalkeeper, [Chelsea’s Edouard] Mendy is a great goalkeeper… Oblak, Ederson, really there are a lot of goalkeepers, you don’t have to put me as number one.
“But after the season I’ve had and not putting me in the top 10 is strange.
“Secondly, yesterday I also saw plenty of funny stuff coming out of England. I guess it has something to do with how I left Chelsea.
“But I won the Premier League twice in England, I don’t think I’ve ever really got the recognition for it.”
Courtois forced his move to Real Madrid four years ago after not turning up to Chelsea training for several days.
According to his agent, he was with his family in Madrid, instead, at the time.
The agent, Christophe Henrotay, insisted that the goalkeeper pushed the move to be with his children (via Sky Sports).
Bear in mind, Courtois had spent three seasons at Atletico Madrid on loan before his return to Chelsea.
The situation was far from ideal for Chelsea who were forced to find a replacement and eventually decided to trigger Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71million release clause at Athletic Bilbao.
However, as Courtois pointed out, he had a successful spell at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, along with an FA Cup and a League Cup.