“I was nobody before I joined Chelsea” – Courtois

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 1st, 2014
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Courtois 1Thibaut Courtois has said he was a nobody, before Chelsea snapped him up in 2011, but he is ready to make a mark as he returns to his parent club.

The goalkeeper spent the last three years on loan at Atletico Madrid and over the past seasons, he has become of the highly rated young shot stoppers in Europe.

Jose Mourinho does not want the Belgian to leave again, but to stay and compete with Petr Cech for the number one position at Stamford Bridge. Courtois says he is ready for the challenge and happy to be received well at the club.

“My new team-mates have been really great; they’ve welcomed me and you really feel that you are a part of this team,” Courtois told Chelsea’s website.

“Obviously it helped me that I knew some of the players before I arrived. When I signed here I had played for just one year in the Belgian league.

“I wasn’t anybody [before that].

“In the last three years, I have been able to improve myself a lot and make my name in the football world.

“Now it is up to me to keep working hard here at Chelsea, keep improving myself and helping the team to achieve the things we all want.”

The 22-year-old also spoke of the Champions League ties last season, when Atletico faced Chelsea and eventually eliminated the Premier League side from the competition.

“It was so nice to see that the Chelsea supporters appreciated my talent and my work at Atletico,” he said.

“To see them clapping me was quite special and hopefully now I can give them joy by helping the team win games and trophies.

“That night was a really good experience but obviously I was playing for the other side at Stamford Bridge so it was a little bit weird.

“Now I’m just looking forward to playing a game at Stamford Bridge in the Chelsea colours.”

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