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Real Madrid to put total trust in Courtois

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17 July, 2018 18:33 PM



Real Madrid to put total trust in Courtois

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Not since Iker Casillas was in his prime have Real Madrid enjoyed a custodian between the sticks who is free from gossip or criticism, and the club hope Thibaut Courtois will be exactly that.

Current first-choice Keylor Navas has been a mainstay en route to three consecutive Champions League crowns but the Costa Rican's time in between the sticks has featured constant talk of club bosses wanting to oust him, according to MARCA report.

Stepping in ahead of Navas seems set to be Courtois, a deal which may happen sooner rather than later given Chelsea's valuation of 35 million euros for the player.

Out of contract in 12 months' time, and able to pre-agree a free transfer in just over six months' time, the goalkeeper represents a genuine bargain in today's market and could be announced this week.

Not only will Courtois allow Madrid to boast having one of the top three or five shot-stoppers in the world, the Belgian's signature follows their tradition of plucking the World Cup's best performers and putting them on the Bernabeu stage.

James Rodriguez arrived four years ago and Mesut Ozil before that, making the 2018 Golden Glove winner the latest in a clear theme under club president Florentino Perez's watch. At 26, Courtois has many of his best years ahead of him and already boasts seven years of experience in the upper echelons of the game, three at Atletico Madrid and four with Chelsea.

Should Los Blancos pull this move off, there is a sense that they will simply throw Courtois the gloves and allow him to get to work without any fear of losing his place.


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