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'Hazard does want to play for Madrid' - Courtois

Courtois drops massive hint on Hazard's transfer to Real Madrid

March 27, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Belgian shot-stopper discussed a number of topics, including his relationship with Zidane and how Lopetegui shaped his choice under the sticks.

If this is not a statement on where Eden Hazard wants to play next season, then we don't know what could qualify as one.

Speaking in an interview with Spanish radio show "El Transistor", Thibaut Courtois discussed a number of topics, including Eden Hazard's possible transfer to Real Madrid. While the Belgian playmaker has never been shy on his praises towards Zinedine Zidane or the Spanish club, Courtois' take on the subject might give you an even better idea on what could happen during the summer transfer window.

"Eden is one of my best friends in football. I don't know if he will play for Real Madrid or if the club even wants him to, but that's not up to me to decide. He's one of the best in the world and I'd love for him to play here, both as a pro and as a friend. Does he want to come here? He sure does," Courtois said.

The footballer then shifted the interview's focus to his first season at Real Madrid, especially the moments in which he has been involved in controversy. First off, he discussed his relationship with Keylor Navas.

"Having a good goalkeeper around makes you work harder. I get along just fine with Keylor, but a friendship needs more time to develop. There are no problems between us, we support each other as goalkeepers," the Belgian stated.

Then, Courtois shared how Julen Lopetegui tried to solve the debate about who should be Los Blancos' No. 1 goalie.

"Lopetegui spoke about the matter once. He told us that Keylor would start the first two games, and then I would have my turn. He never discussed that issue after those games,"Courtois said.

Courtois then spoke about his relationship with Zinedine Zidane and how he came forward to tell him why Keylor Navas was going to start against Celta in his first game at the helm.

"I respect our coach and his decisions. We spoke about it privately. Everyone at Real Madrid works to be in the starting XI. I am still young and I still have room for improvement. I have to show our boss that I am also a great goalkeeper. I want to stay here for many years and win a lot of titles," the Belgian added.

Last, but not least, Courtois graded his first season at Real Madrid.

"I've had good feelings overall, but I'm sure I could have done better in a game or two. I know that I can be better over time. The first season is always complicated," the shot-stopper concluded.


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