Thibaut Courtois has revealed that Iker Casillas was the reason behind his decision to become a goalkeeper.
The Real Madrid shot-stopper also indicated that he used to closely watch Edwin van der Sar, whose style was similar to his.
“When Iker [Casillas] started playing for Real Madrid, I watched his games and became a goalkeeper because of him,” Courtois said on social media.
“I liked to watch him, and I loved Real Madrid.
“When at the age of 14 I saw that I was very tall and skinny, I followed Van der Sar a lot because he was closer to my style.”
Courtois went on to praise Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen‘s quality and skills with his feet.
“He handles blocking [shots] very well, like [Jan] Oblak,” Courtois continued.
“He is the best in the game with his feet, just like Real Sociedad’s [Alex] Remiro which surprised me.
“I like him [ter Stegen} on one-on-one [situations] because he comes from the German school [of goalkeeping].
“He gets the knee down very fast and stretches the other leg.
“[To do that] You must be very flexible.”
Last but not least, the Belgian goalkeeper revealed the first thing he will do when the Spanish government decide to relax the measures against the coronavirus.
“The first thing I will do when I’m able to leave [the house] is go to [the Real Madrid training ground in] Valdebebas to train with the team and play sports,” Courtois noted.
“I look forward to it, although we have to wait for the government’s green light.
“Soon we will be able to enjoy life, but we must be healthy.
“We must be very careful when going out, we must protect ourselves well and wash our hands.
“When everything is over there will be some fear when going out.”