Thibaut Courtois demands respect as Real Madrid goalkeeper responds to anxiety claims

Thibaut Courtois demands respect as Real Madrid goalkeeper responds to anxiety claims


  Thibaut Courtois has blasted suggestions he has been suffering anxiety attacks at Real Madrid   Courtois joined the Spanish giants from Chelsea in 2018 and has made the No.1 shirt his own following Keylor Navas’ exit to Paris Saint-Germain  Florentino Perez is a big fan of the Belgian international and sanctioned his arrival last summer  But the Belgian international was never wanted by manager Zinedine Zidane during his first spell and it’s suggested the Frenchman still isn’t the biggest fan of a player snapped up during his 10 months away from the club  Furthermore, ex-Atletico stopper Courtois has found himself often criticised by sections of the Spanish media, while the Bernabeu faithful previously made clear their preference for Navas   After Courtois was subbed at half-time of the Champions League clash with Club Brugge last month – with Madrid trailing 2-0, while, in his place, on-loan Alphonse Areola impressed – and post-match reports circulated that he had been taken off after suffering an anxiety attack  That’s something the club have vehemently denied and now Courtois has followed suit  “I know what it means to be an elite player,” Courtois said. “I’m very happy and I don’t have anxiety problems  “Responsibility from the media is required to not publish lies and nonsense about things like that because at the end of the day, there are people who really suffer from those problems  “I think it’s disrespectful to the player and to the people who are really suffering  “I am happy and training hard and want to give the Real Madrid fans joy. The people at the Santiago Bernabeu are always a critical audience, we know that, and we will do everything so that they break out in applause ”  After the draw with Brugge, Los Blancos chiefs released a statement declaring that the keeper had been suffering from gastroenteritis, causing dehydration  “I feel good now,” Courtois explained. “It was a strong bout of flu, and not pleasant at all  “Now I have recovered and was able to train almost all of Monday and Tuesday with the team, and did the entire session on Wednesday  “I feel strong again, and had lost a few kilos too.”

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