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Thibaut Courtois explains his comments about wanting to go back to Spain

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Much ado about very little.

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Thibaut Courtois caused a bit commotion last week with some rather innocuous comments about having enjoyed living and playing in Madrid (while on loan at Atlético Madrid for three seasons) and wanting to go back there one day, perhaps after the expiration of his current Chelsea contract in 2018.  Combined with a perceived drop in his form since the knee injury suffered at the start of last season, the comments well not well received, to say the least.

Courtois has apparently not been deaf to the fans' reaction and has tried to explain himself a little bit.

"I understand the commotion with the Chelsea fans. But I just meant that I want to return to Spain one day but it can also be after my career."

"I'm happy to be at Chelsea. For how long, we will see. But now I want to win prizes with this club."

-Thibaut Courtois; source: Mirror

Courtois isn't the type to pledge forever undying fealty to the club.  As much as we love to hear such things from players, such a things don't really exist in football anymore anyway.

Let's enjoy his tremendous save from the Hull City match instead.  (Video might be restricted to USA only.)  Look at that save percentage just rocket up the charts!  (No, it's not the one on Snodgrass's free kick; I can't find an embeddable version of that one.  This is from the end of the first half.)