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Real Madrid vs Chelsea – Three battles crying out to be settled

Real Madrid will welcome Chelsea to the Estadio Di Stefano Stadium for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal clash on Tuesday night, and there is a lot to look forward to ahead of the game. Los Blancos are favorites on paper as expected but will have to be wary of this Chelsea side that have been transformed under Thomas Tuchel. Meanwhile, ahead of the game, here are some battles that have been crying out to be settled. Thibaut Courtois vs Chelsea The towering Belgian goalkeeper didn't leave Chelsea on the best of terms and his departure sure angered a lot of Chelsea fans. Petr Cech was Chelsea's number one but was displaced from the side to accommodate the Belgian who many thought would be the future between the sticks for Chelsea. His unexpected forceful depar...
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Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid won’t cry about injuries

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has stated that his side will not use their growing injury concerns as an excuse after their La Liga title hopes were dented with a goalless draw away to Getafe on Sunday. Zidane was able to name only 13 outfield players for the game and Los Blancos can count themselves fortunate to have left the game with a point and are now three points behind league leaders and local rivals Atletico Madrid with seven games left to play. After the game, Courtois spoke with the club's official television channel: "You find strength in adversity and now is not the time to cry about all the players we have missing. We have to stand tall. Every player who is at Real Madrid is here for a reason" "We are a little disappointed with the point but it's not easy ...
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Thibaut Courtois is a major doubt for the City game

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a major doubt for the side's next two games including the return leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester City at the Etihad due to an adductor injury in his left leg. Courtois left the Benito Villamarin Stadium limping after the 2:1 loss to Real Betis on Sunday and is now awaiting results of tests to ascertain the severity of the injury. Meanwhile, sources have revealed that they are not optimistic about the outcome. The Belgian shot-stopper played the game wearing a bandage after he experienced discomfort in the same area during last week's training. He was still in pain on Monday and it is unlikely that he will be fit for Friday's La Liga game against Eibar at the Bernabeu. READ: Zidane takes blame as Betis...
PSG’s Alphonso Areola was desperate for Chelsea move
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PSG’s Alphonso Areola was desperate for Chelsea move

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was desperate to join Chelsea this summer according to Blues' head of goalkeeping Christophe Lollichon. The goalie's future at the Parc Des Princes was scrutinized in the summer after the arrival of Gianluigi Buffon. Chelsea were also facing challenges in their goalkeeping department at the time as Thibaut Courtois was intent on leaving to join Real Madrid. However, the Blues replaced the towering Belgian with the 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga in a goalkeeper record transfer fee from Athletic Bilbao. Meanwhile, Lollichon who has been at Chelsea since 2007 stated that he would have been happy to work alongside fellow Frenchman Areola. READ: Top 4 surprises in Europe’s elite leagues this summer In a chat with Le Figaro, Lollich...
Courtois – I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close
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Courtois – I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close

  Thibaut Courtois has given confirmation that he is close to signing a new contract at Chelsea, and believes that fellow Belgian Eden Hazard will do the same. Courtois has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but this latest disclosure from the Belgian shot-stopper could close the lid on the possibility READ: Besiktas confirm that Cenk Tosun to Everton deal nears completion In an interview with London Evening Standard, Courtois said: “I'm happy at Chelsea and a deal is close,” “Has it been a distraction? Not for me. I'm just calm and relaxed because I'm tied to Chelsea. Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelsea and I'm happy here. “Do Eden and I encourage each other to sign? Yes. He will say 'if you sign, I will sign' and I say the same to him. ...
Thibaut Courtois has plans in place to join Real Madrid
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Thibaut Courtois has plans in place to join Real Madrid

  Reports from Spain suggest that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is hoping to get a call from Real Madrid for a possible transfer to the Spanish giants. The Belgium goalkeeper's contract with Chelsea expires in June 2019, and emerging reports from Marca indicate that he has plans to move to Real Madrid and will, therefore, be avoiding the extension of his contract with Chelsea. There are rumors that Courtois allegedly made contact with Real Madrid and is harboring the hope that the Bernabeu outfit will make attempts to capture his signature. READ: Manchester United join in the chase for Emre Can The Belgian spent 3 years on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea between 2011 and 2014, before returning to Stamford Bridge to replace Petr Cech between the sticks for Che...