Thibaut Courtois Insists He Has a Good Relationship With Keylor Navas After Real Madrid Debut

​Thibaut Courtois has stated that he has no issues with fellow ​Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, and he is happy to have competition for the prime position between the sticks.

Courtois had been forced to wait for his debut for the club, but made his first appearance during Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Leganes. Goals from Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and a brace from Karim Benzema continued the side’s perfect start to ​La Liga.


The Belgian was asked about the relationship between him and Navas after the match, and was quoted by ​Marca as saying: “Keylor Navas and I get on really well.

“Sometimes I see that the press want to look for controversy, but we’re both competing really well and always training to the maximum.

“Competition makes you give more of yourself. There is competition for every spot at the best club in the world.”

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He went into more detail about his relationship with Navas whilst talking to Spanish outlet ​Sport, saying: “Keylor wished me a lot of luck [before the game].

“We’re both competing well, with a lot of laughs, always giving our all in training. The controversy is made by the press.”

Courtois was beaten from the penalty spot by Guido Carrillo, which made the score 1-1 at the time. However, he was only required to make two saves as Real Madrid asserted their dominance throughout.

Keylor Navas had impressed during his side’s start to the season, leaving Courtois on the bench. However, the Belgian was told by manager Julen Lopetegui on Friday that he would be starting the match, and Courtois will now be hoping to secure a permanent place in the starting 11.

Courtois enjoyed a fantastic World Cup tournament with Belgium, winning the prestigious Golden Glove award as a result of his impressive displays. He was rewarded with a move to Real Madrid, putting an end to months of speculation about his future.