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Courtois hits back at Belgium manager over captaincy claims: “I am deeply disappointed”

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A lot has been made of Thibaut Courtois’ decision to leave the Belgian national team camp midway through the international break.

Initial speculations projected a theory that the goalkeeper’s departure was because he was not named the captain of the side against Austria. The situation only got worse when the coach of the Belgian side, Domenico Tedesco, confirmed the news in a press conference.

In a long and explosive social media post via his Instagram, the Real Madrid star came out to provide an official statement regarding the comments made about his departure from the National Team. Needless to say, he did not have pleasant words for the coach.

“I was surprised to hear the coach’s press conference in which he gave a partial and subjective account of a private conversation we had after the match against Austria.”

“It is not the first time or the last time that I talk to a coach about issues related to a locker room, but it is the first time that someone decides to tell it publicly. I am deeply disappointed with this, but I want to clarify that the coach’s assessments do not fit with reality.”

He then addressed the intent with which he had spoken to the manager. Courtois insisted that his conversation with Tedesco was purely to ensure that the administration stay transparent with players and avoid misunderstandings behind the scenes.

“I asked him, not for direct benefit, to explain and make decisions to avoid situations that in the past have harmed us while always looking for the general benefit. Unfortunately, I did not achieve my purpose.”

The goalkeeper then stated that he had clarified the circulating rumours with his co-vice-captain Romelu Lukaku but blatantly denied having conversed with any other teammate about the topic as rumoured.

“I insist that in no case have I demanded anything and that I have spoken to my teammate Romelu Lukaku to clarify any circumstances related to this situation.”

“At the same time, I want to make it clear that I did not have any discussion on any similar subject with any teammate, as has been claimed.”

Finally, Courtois revealed the actual reason for his departure from the Red Devils set up to be a knee injury he suffered. Surprisingly, he claimed that the medical department of the Belgian national team were aware of his setback which now brings Tedesco’s statements into serious scrutiny.

“Yesterday afternoon I underwent a checkup for a problem in my right knee. The medical team of my Club and the national team were in contact and reviewed all the corresponding material to make the decision to leave the training camp.”

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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