Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois questions head coach’s ‘actuality’ after accusations of abandoning group

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By Stacy Connor


Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois questioned Domenico Tedesco’s “actuality” after the Belgium coach accused him of abandoning his teammates and faking an damage earlier than a European Championship qualifier.

Tedesco claimed Courtois did not flip up for Belgium’s coaching camp on Monday as a result of the goalie was “offended” by his dealing with of the captaincy. After Courtois’ father denied there was a dispute throughout the squad and stated his son was allowed to depart due to a knee irritation, Tedesco advised the media that Courtois was not injured.

Courtois responded in an announcement late Monday accompanied with an image of him in a Belgium outfit and one hand on his coronary heart, standing subsequent to interim captain Romelu Lukaku, that he was “deeply disenchanted” that Tedesco spoke publicly about their locker room dialog.

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Thibaut Courtois looks on

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the course of the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Austria at King Baudouin Stadium on June 17, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. AP | Dutch Top | GERRIT OF COLOGNE  (AP | Dutch Top | GERRIT OF COLOGNE ANP through Getty Pictures)

He added that “the coach’s assessments don’t match with actuality.”

Courtois insisted he has an issue in his proper knee and his resolution to depart was taken after consultations between the medical groups of his Actual Madrid membership and the nationwide squad.

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The goalkeeper additionally gave his model of the dialog he had with Tedesco in regards to the group captaincy.

“I requested him, not for direct profit, to clarify and make selections to keep away from conditions that previously have harmed us whereas all the time in search of the overall profit,” he stated. “To be or to not be the nationwide group captain is neither a whim nor a random resolution, it must be his resolution, and that’s what I attempted to convey to him. Sadly I didn’t obtain my goal.”

BELGIAN COACH DOMENICO TEDESCO ‘SHOCKED’ AT THIBAUT COURTOIS’ DECISION TO LEAVE TRAINING CAMP

David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois embrace

David Alaba of Austria, Thibaut Courtois of Belgium shaking fingers after the match in the course of the Group D – UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifying Spherical match between Belgium and Austria on the King Baudouin Stadium on June 17, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium  (Joris Verwijst/BSR Company/Getty Pictures)

Earlier than Courtois’ walkout, Tedesco publicly stated it might be Courtois’ flip to put on the armband in opposition to Estonia on Tuesday.

“I insist that in no case have I demanded something and that I’ve spoken to my teammate Romelu Lukaku to make clear any circumstances associated to this case,” Courtois added.

Lukaku was captain on Saturday when Belgium drew with Austria 1-1. Lukaku scored their equalizer. and Courtois was praised by Tedesco for preserving the draw.

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However Tedesco stated on Monday when Courtois — who has 102 matches for Belgium — did not regather with the group that the goalie was annoyed to not have been captain.

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Thibaut Courtois with ball

Thibaut Courtois of Belgium in the course of the Group D – UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifying Spherical match between Belgium and Austria on the King Baudouin Stadium on June 17, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium  (Joris Verwijst/BSR Company/Getty Pictures)

“And naturally, I attempted a number of instances to talk to him: ‘Don’t do this to me, don’t do this to the employees, don’t do this to the group.’ As a result of it’s a tricky one, it’s a tough resolution that he took,” Tedesco stated.

Requested whether or not he would depart the door open for Courtois to return to the nationwide squad, Tedesco stated, “It’s not the precise second to talk about it.”

Unbeaten in Group F, Belgium trails chief Austria by three factors however has one match in hand earlier than taking over Estonia.



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