Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not get the opportunity to add to his 54 Belgium caps in this international break due to a minor hamstring injury.
That small niggle only adds to the uncertainty around the reception the player, who had been rumoured to be stalling on a new contract at Stamford Bridge after a poor season between the sticks for the Blues.
However, the giant goalkeeper has moved to confirm that he will be at the club next season, irrespective of whether a new deal is agreed.
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— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 26, 2018
The performance of Courtois in the 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp felt like a turning point but this is now the second season – and both have come in the back of a title win – that he has dropped his levels and brought ire from the Blues fans.
So that definitive show of commitment to the club has not gone down quite as well as it might have done if it were someone else; and we’ve taken a look at the best of the reaction…
Ummm actually he can leave
— ? (@swervecast) March 26, 2018
Don’t think any first or second division team in Europe’s top 5 leagues would be interested in signing him.
— Noah #SoaRRC (@Xierdan) March 26, 2018
— Smith (@God_s_sent) March 27, 2018
Huge blow for @ChelseaFC
— Petr Kladenský (@ygkladis) March 26, 2018
Ya, everybody knows that Tibs. Imagine a Madrid keeper who can't stop Messi goals.
— Medium Sean⚫ (@mediumseano) March 26, 2018
Dont need him anymore
— Zhi (@AdzhiDs) March 26, 2018
Take ur basket of goals n leave….
— krixx™ (@Colbor) March 26, 2018