Real Madrid boss explains absence of £35m former Chelsea star

Oli Fisher
Thibaut Courtois: Pulled no punches in assessment of Chelsea's season

Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has explained why Thibaut Courtois is yet to make his debut for the club.

Courtois joined Real from Chelsea in the summer, signing for £35million, but so far Keylor Navas has been preferred.

The Belgian is yet to make his first appearance, missing the club’s Super Cup defeat to former side Atletico Madrid, and sitting on the bench against both Getafe and Girona.

Lopetegui was appointed as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement this summer, and the former Spain manager has explained his reasons for not opting to start Courtois.

“It’s not a situation that’s easy to understand, but it’s simple enough to explain,” he said. “I’ve got some really good options in goal and there are no problems in that area. We’ll decide what’s best for each game.

“Keylor got the nod today and did very well. There’s great competition and that makes us stronger in the goalkeeping department. I’ve got some thoughts in my mind, but I’m not going to share them.

“Over the course of the season, I’ll look for solutions to solve the next immediate challenge.”


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