Here we go again.
Thibaut Courtois sat down for an interview with a Belgian media outlet, said something fairly innocuous, had a line taken out of context, and slapped across headlines. Pitchforks at the ready? Everyone set? Go go go go go.
Of course, it's hardly that shocking. When club legends like Frank Lampard or Didier Drogba (or even John Terry, possibly) don't finish their careers at Chelsea, what chance would some kid from Belgium have?
Not that it even matters because the full context of the quotes are hardly as damning as the emotion generated by such headlines would warrant.
"[Would I end my career at Chelsea?] It's hard to say. I don't think I will end my career there."
"I didn't have [a favourite club growing up]. In Spain I watched a lot of Madrid and Barca. In Germany I watched Bayern and Dortmund, in England, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, and in Italy Juventus and Milan. There wasn't one favourite but I always wanted to play at those clubs."
"I don't necessarily have a desire to play there, I'm already at a beautiful club, Chelsea which I always admired. But we will see."
So, to recap, Courtois is at a beautiful club. He likes Chelsea and he doesn't necessarily have the desire to play at all those other clubs he followed as a child. Because that's not how any of this works. Also, he's not a fortune teller nor can he see into the future with 100 per cent clarity. None of this should be truly shocking at this point, or any point for that matter. Sure, maybe he could've gone about it a bit more tactfully, but the media could also do a far better job of providing the proper context for his quotes.
And as far as the end-game for his career, just as Asmir Begovic mentioned yesterday, Courtois could have an eye on the USA for his last days as a professional.
@TweetChelseaFC Well before the drama starts: remember him saying once he wouldnt mind to play in the US at the end of his career.— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 24, 2016
So, nothing to see here. Move along.