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.”
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.