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Chelsea regret selling GK Thibaut Courtois amid recent crises

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Chelsea regret selling Belgian Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after recent problem emerges at Stanford Bridge this season.

Blues main problem this season has been scoring goals but recent problem also emerged in between the sticks at Stanford Bridge. Both GK options, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Eduardo Mendy have been considered the out-and-out number one choice for Chelsea in recent seasons. But neither can be considered best in the division on current form.

Kepa has had one of the best season in Chelsea colours so far this campaign. However he hasn’t live upto his £71.6 million price tag, which saw him become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history.

The Spaniard had a tough outing against Real Madrid in 1st leg Champions League quarter-final. Chris Sutton even suggested he “should have done better” with the second goal.

Ironically, Kepa arrived as a replacement of Thibaut Courtois in 2018. The Belgian GK has emerged himself as one of the best in Real Madrid. Due to which, Chelsea will now be regret letting him go so cheaply five years ago.

Chelsea signed Courtois from Genk in 2018 for fee of just £7.9m. The Belgian would go on to make 154 apperances for the Blues and established himself as one of best shot-stopper in the world.

However it was no suprise when Real Madrid came calling in 2018 and Chelsea was forced to sell him due to Belgian’s contract situation. He then when on to make 217 apperances for the Los Blancos. Courtois dropped one of the best Champions League final performance against Liverpool last year – as per Goal.

Former Manager Zinedine Zidane praised Courtois in 2020

Former Manager Zinedine Zidane was full of praise for Courtois in 2018. The Former French International said :-

“Courtois has shown from the beginning that he is a great goalkeeper, he has always been among the best in the world.”

At just 30, Courtois could easily remain Real’s first choice for the significant future. However, Chelsea would still regret their decision of letting him go.

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