Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is currently locked in a battle with his Manchester United counterpart David de Gea for the Premier League golden glove award.
The 25-year-old is currently behind in their race for the prestigious prize, with the Red Devils ‘keeper having kept 14 clean sheets, and the Belgian international 12.
However, speaking to the London Evening Standard Courtois seemed to take aim at his rival for the goalkeeping equivalent of ”showboating,” and the way de Gea sometimes struggles under the high ball when he said:
”I won’t search to do the eye-catching saves if I don’t need to.”
“I try to bring calm to the game for the other players. I play from the back, I handle crosses as well, which is an underrated skill I think.
“With my height/length, some of my saves may look easier than they are, that some other keepers wouldn’t save them.
“I can catch shots with both hands and not have to make the wonderful eye-catching save for the camera (that others do). I don’t care about that. ”
Both ‘keepers are undoubtedly hugely talented, and will be vying for the title of best goalkeeper in the world when Juventus legend Gigi Buffon finally hangs up his gloves.
Courtois is said to be frustrated that despite him playing a key role in Chelsea winning the Premier League, two times in the last three seasons, most observers still rate de Gea as the best goalkeeper in England.