Thibaut Courtois slams Belgian rival yet again!
Chelsea owned keeper Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, has aimed another dig at his Belgian teammate Simon Mignolet, reports Belgian publication Sport Wereld.
The two stoppers are competing for the Belgian no.1 jersey for this summer’s World Cup, and Courtois is the current first-choice, although Mignolet was recently quoted as saying he hoped he could force his way into the side.
As a result, Courtois lashed out at Mignolet earlier in the month for not supporting his position in the side, and has now weighed in with some more comments.
“It shows that the player (Mignolet) doesn’t accept the choice of the coach, and that he shows no respect for the current number one,” said the 21-year-old.
Beforehand, Courtois was quoted as saying that in Spain, the rival goalkeepers support each other rather than compete for the position in the national side.
“In Spain, I hear no goalkeeper saying they’re aiming for the place of Casillas. Not De Gea, not Valdes, not Reina. It’s the opposite – they back Casillas. Simon can say whatever he wants, but I think I’ve already saved enough points for Belgium and I’m playing good games for Atletico. He has to stay humble and respectful,” he said.
The comments are unlikely to have gone down well in the Belgian camp, who will want no unnecessary distractions as their side prepares to start Brazil 2014 as potential dark horses.