Thibaut Courtois: I am among the best
Thibaut Courtois has rated himself among the world’s top five goalkeepers, after helping seal Belgium’s place at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Courtois made a key save from Mario Mandzukic in Friday’s 2-1 qualifying win in Croatia, a result which ensured Marc Wilmots' star-studded side progressed straight to a first finals in 12 years.
He later told AS that he felt he was playing really well at the moment.
"I am in my best moment of form right now," Courtois said. "I feel as if I am among the top five goalkeepers in the world."
The on-loan Chelsea stopper, still just 21, said he had progressed a lot during his two-and-a-bit seasons at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
"I have grown a lot at Atleti, especially last season when we won the European Super Cup and the Copa del Rey," he added. "I have made a lot of progress, above all in speed, reflexes and experience."
Courtois, linked recently with an unlikely move to Barcelona to replace Victor Valdes next summer, said he was not making any decision about his future just yet -- but for him to the most important thing was to be playing regular first team football.
"I want to play," he said. "I do not want to be sitting on the bench. I feel very good at Atletico and being here allows me to play in the Champions League."