There have been widespread rumours about our shot stopper, Thibaut Courtois, and his impending exit from Chelsea. They started last season after he was quoted to be ‘unhappy’, and in favour of a move away to Madrid most likely. The summer transfer window came, and the Belgian number one stayed back at Chelsea, reassuring all Blue faithfuls’ of his love for the club.
Now, the January transfer window is close, and as expected, rumors are flying again, and players are being linked with different clubs. Courtois was recently linked with a move away, this time, not to his former club, Atletico Madrid, where he has highly spoken of in the past, but to neighbours, Real Madrid. To be honest, it is a common thing, and it’s not entirely out of place for things like this to happen; the January transfer window is here, so I can understand, and seeing as Courtois is in red-hot form, it was all expected, but I do not think our number one will be leaving just yet.
Players do not leave clubs when all is going well, and in their favour. At the moment, everything is going in Courtois’ way, and I doubt he’d like to truncate that with a move away — not even to Madrid. He’s had 10 clean sheets in 12 league games, and is the obvious number one both at Chelsea and in the entire league, that surely should mean a lot to him. If anyone will be thinking of leaving Stamford Bridge, Asmir Begovic may be that person, seeing as he’s been permanently relegated to the bench by Courtois’ form, and our lack of activity outside the league this campaign.
However, it’s still football, and anything can happen; after all, who would have thought that Rami and Oscar would go to China? So there’s no totally ruling out the possibility of a move for Courtois, but even if that were to happen, I think he too can go if the price is right. What is right is completely up to the club management, but I know they’ll not be willing to be on the losing side of the deal. Courtois, with all his talent isn’t the last or only great goalie in the game. There are tens of good goal keepers who’ll be ready to jump on the next plane to the Bridge if we go knocking. We’ll miss him a little, but we’ll adapt too sooner or later. It happened with Cech, it will happen with Courtois too.