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Courtois ready for Navas battle

Courtois ready for Navas battle

10 Aug 2018, 12:05

Newly-acquired Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he will have to go head-to-head with Keylor Navas for Real Madrid's top spot between the sticks.

Courtois has been brought in by new boss Julen Lopetegui and is likely to be his main keeper at the Santiago Bernabeu, yet the Belgian, who wasted no time in kissing the Madrid badge at his presentation, said that he will still be in a fight to claim the number 1 jersey. 

“Keylor is a great goalkeeper and he has helped Madrid a lot in winning titles recently, but I’m only here to help and contribute my own qualities,” insisted Courtois. Nobody has assured me I’m going to be a starter and I’m simply here to compete. I did that with Petr Cech when I arrived at Chelsea and ended up playing.

“In terms of my former club Atletico, I have great respect for them. I think I earned the respect of their fans too while I was there – but now I am here. I have never kissed the badge of another club but in this situation I can really feel it.

“I’m now back in La Liga with a lot more experience, more muscle, and I’m more mature. I’ve improved a lot and still have my best years ahead of me,” he stated,

Courtois signed a 6-year deal with Real Madrid. 

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