Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has aimed a sly dig at his former side Chelsea by claiming the level of player is much higher at his new club.
Belgium international Courtois moved to the Bernabeu in a £32 million deal in early August, although he has struggled to displace Los Blancos long-term number one Keylor Navas since arriving in Spain.
Courtois only made his Real debut last weekend in the European Champions La Liga fixture over Leganes, and speaking since the 25-year-old ‘keeper was quick to let everybody know how much better things are in the Spanish capital.
“I get on with everyone very well, the communication with the defence is going well, even during the competition,” Courtois said in quotes carried by the Daily Star.
“In training, you see that the level is high.
“I am now experiencing on a daily basis that Sergio Ramos is the best centre-back in the world.
“The level [at Real Madrid] is higher than at Chelsea.”
Courtois also made sure he pointed out how much better a stadium the Bernabeu is compared to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.
“It’s twice as big, of course, it’s a very different feeling.” He added.
“If you look forward, you only see a wall of people while at Stamford Bridge you can still see the sky or the hotel behind the grandstand,” he said.
“Of course, this was not the first time I’ve played here.
“I know the language and I know the stadium.
“The first few minutes [against Leganes], I was stunned, but then I felt right.”