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Thibaut Courtois is currently one of the best goalkeepers in not only the Premier League but in the world, and his national team manager Roberto Martinez has heaped praises on his development, as well as that of former Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, signed for Chelsea in 2011 but didn’t make a first-team appearance until three years later.

Atletico Madrid took the top shot-stopper on loan over three seasons where he was their permanent No1 and showed his value to Chelsea long-term.

Martinez insists they have benefited as a result where English players have not.

“Many of the players in the Premier League have gone through that structure – Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois,” Martinez told The Telegraph.

“And then these players go to the pro-league clubs and at 17, 18, 19 they are in the first-team.

“That’s the perfect development.”

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