- After long drawn-out discussions between Real Madrid and Chelsea, Courtois finally moved from London to Madrid on deadline day
- Real Madrid paid a fee of £35m to get the Belgian international to Santiago Bernabeu
- However, with Keylor Navas still very much in the Madrid squad, it’s unclear how Lopetegui will utilize his two senior goalkeepers
Ever since the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended in Russia this summer, Real Madrid and Chelsea have been going back and forth in their discussions surrounding the Belgian duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard. Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to move to Juventus put the management at Madrid under severe pressure to bring in a Galactico like signing before the summer transfer window shuts.
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Even though Real Madrid missed out on signing Eden Hazard, they did manage to secure the services of Courtois on deadline in a deal worth £35m. The Belgian number 1 who has previously played for Atletico Madrid had never tried to hide his desire to move to Real Madrid and with hours to go for the transfer window to shut in England, Chelsea confirmed that he was indeed going to be Madrista next season.
Courtois’ arrival at Real Madrid was surrounded by a lot of fan fair as thousands lined up to get the first glimpse of the big Belgian on the Bernabeu pitch minutes after he was presented to the world media in a press conference.
Now that Courtois has arrived at Real Madrid, the main question that everybody is asking is who will be Julen Lopetegui’s number 1 goalkeeper as he takes charge hoping to emulate his predecessor Zinedine Zidane.
In latest Real Madrid news, Navas played in the 3-1 win against AC Milan on Saturday and managed to produce a brilliant performance pulling off some amazing reflex saves. However, it’s still not clear what the former Spanish manager is planning in terms of his goalkeepers.
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Before the La Liga season kicks off on 19th August against Getafe, Real Madrid will be playing against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on 15th which should give us a glimpse into what we can expect from the Los Blancos in the post-Zidane and Ronaldo era.
Speaking about the two World class keepers at Madrid and how he is going to be utilizing them during the course of the season, Lopetegui said,”The advantage is that we have a great competition in that position, that’s good. There is also in all positions.
It’s good for the team. Take the decision we make, there will always be a great goalkeeper playing. We will see what we do. It is not a problem, they are two magnificent solutions.”
The team’s which in the past have had two goalkeepers equally competent to take the number 1 jersey have tended to rotate their goalkeepers with either one playing the domestic campaign and the other one donning the gloves in the European competitions. It will be interesting to see what Real Madrid does over the next 2 weeks as they look to bring in reinforcements that can help them snatch the La Liga title away from Barcelona but the biggest question for Florentino Perez and Lopetegui will be surrounding Keylor Navas and new recruit Courtois.
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