Thibaut Courtois, like most of his teammates, found himself struggling last season, failing to recreate his amazing form of the past few seasons, which landed him firmly in the discussion as the world’s best (young) goalkeeper.
Once the Blues managed to get out of relegation danger, one rumour that grew stronger by the day had Courtois planning to move away from the Bridge, possibly spurred on by discord with goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, with quotes given by the player to Belgian news outlets only adding more fuel to the media blabber.
But Courtois ended up staying with Chelsea, just as he also claimed repeatedly, and he's happy to have done so. Now, he wants to show everyone that he's still one of the best in the world at his position, and help the club get back to our winning ways in the process.
"I am very happy at Chelsea and want to stay. I will try to show in every game that I am one of the best keepers in the world. I know that I didn’t have the best of seasons but there are things that I have said in Belgium which have been misconstrued in England. It unfortunately has given the supporters the wrong impression."
"It has put me and Chelsea in a bad light, that’s not good. I have never said I wanted to leave or anything. When it looks like I’m being put against the supporters, it’s not nice."
"Am I upset the fans have the wrong impression of me? Yes, of course. I don’t want them to think bad of me. In pre-season I showed the quality I have. People may have had doubts about me."
"But I think in the Euros for Belgium I showed I am one of the best and I want to continue showing that. My objective, together with the team, is to get back to winning the League and show that Chelsea are one of the best sides in the world."
-Thibaut Courtois; source: London Evening Standard
Courtois has never been one to mince words in the media, and that quality serves him well in this case. That’s about as strong of a verbal commitment as it gets.
Forza Thibaut! Forza Chelsea!