Chelsea fans can and will continue to call their former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a snake after his controversial move to Real Madrid last summer.
Bearing that in mind, supporters of the west London club will undoubtedly be loving that not all has gone to plan for the 26-year-old at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Courtois and his Real Madrid team-mates have endured a terrible season, and the Belgian now faces a fight to remain first-choice No.1.
All of that, however, does not change the fact that Courtois has been a world-class goalkeeper for the last few years and arrived at Chelsea for an incredibly low fee.
Discovered by legendary Chelsea scout Piet de Visser, who told HLN Sport back in 2016 how he spotted Courtois (@HLNinEngeland), the Belgium international arrived at Stamford Bridge from KRC Genk for a measly £8.06m (Transfermarkt).
Considering the goalkeeper he has become today, that is an absolute steal. Atletico Madrid, of course, deserve a lot of credit for helping him with his development during a successful loan spell.
There, he quickly became one of the leading goalkeepers in European football before returning to Chelsea. At the Vicente Calderon, Courtois physically imposed himself, collecting and catching practically every ball that came into the box like it was nothing.
That alone made him a goalkeeper built for the Premier League and the long game a lot of its teams play.
And while his distribution may need a lot of work, Courtois’ shot-stopping is equally impressive.
Playing a big role in two Premier League title triumphs, at £8.06m, Chelsea will struggle to find a bargain like that ever again.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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