Real Madrid news: Thibaut Courtois reveals how he’s different after Chelsea exit | Football | Sport
Real Madrid signed Courtois from Chelsea on Wednesday, with the Belgium international moving to the Bernabeu in a £35million deal.
Many fans, however, fear for the future of club hero Keylor Navas.
Navas has helped Real Madrid win the Champions League three years in a row since his move from Levante in 2014 but, despite that, may now find himself spending more time on the Bernabeu bench.
Courtois is expected to be between the sticks for Julen Lopetegui’s side when they kick off their La Liga campaign against Getafe next Sunday.
And the former Chelsea star has now revealed how he differs to other goalkeepers, including Navas.
“I’m a keeper who exudes calm, very confident in the air and I’ve got good reflexes,” he said.
“Sometimes, due to my height, I can reach places where other goalies might not.
“I’m experienced and I’ve played for many titles: when you want to win trophies, you need winners in your team and I think I can do my bit in that regard. I’m here to help the team.”
Courtois also opened up on how he became a goalkeeper.
The new Real Madrid star said: “It’s simple.
“My parents and my brothers played a lot of volleyball and when I was little, we had a beach volleyball court.
“I loved diving around on the floor and that’s when you could tell I had it in me.
“I started as a left-back but we used to rotate the team and I ended up in goal, you could see I had the talent and here I am.”
Courtois recently paid tribute to Chelsea following his Stamford Bridge exit.
He said: “Chelsea FC will always have a special place in my heart. I was only nineteen years old when the club showed a great belief in my abilities.
“The fact that such a big club was already following me was like a dream come true. The decision to first send me away helped me to go grow into a goalkeeper fit for Chelsea FC.
“When I returned, I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two Premier League title, a League Cup, and [an] FA Cup!
“A huge thank you to all my teammates and technical staff over the past four years who I shared this success and amazing moments with, both on and off the pitch.”