Thibaut Courtois certainly won’t have any friends left in West London on the back of his £35 million to Real Madrid on deadline day. Not only did the World Cup Golden Glove winner show a lack of respect towards the club but also the fans with some behaviour that doesn’t reciprocate the love he was shown during his time with the Blues.
Many people will find that unsurprising with the ‘snake’ remarks Courtois was sent in the last few days of his spell at Stamford Bridge but the opposition to that would say that it was justified for his absence from training in order to force a move. The 26-year-old has been active on Twitter since the confirmation of his move but only to emphasise his excitement at signing for the Spanish giants without a single mention of the seven years he enjoyed at Chelsea.
To make matters even worse, Courtois has stirred the pot by saying that he would love his former team-mate, Eden Hazard, to join him in the capital of Spain. In terms of winding up the Blues faithful, there isn’t much more someone could do so there are no prizes for guessing what kind of reception he’d receive if Real Madrid ever face Chelsea at the Bridge.
There are two sets of supporters currently annoyed at the two-time Premier League champion as his former side; Atletico feel disrespected by their ex-stopper’s kissing of the badge at his unveiling on Thursday. Rumours are circling that he will be met by ‘toy rats’ thrown from the stands when he plays at the Metropolitano Stadium as a representation of how Los Blancos’ rivals feel!
In the past, Chelsea players have made more controversial moves but haven’t received treatment anywhere near as bad as Courtois. It shows that a player once loved by Blues fans can go on to be hated by the whole fanbase just by making a few bad decisions. It’s hard to see faith being restored in a man that won the league twice and the FA Cup during his time in England.