Courtois: Chelsea can remain ‘one of the best clubs in the world’

Courtois: Chelsea can remain 'one of the best clubs in the world'

Real Madrid keeper, Thibaut Courtois says that whoever takes control of Chelsea after Roman Abramovich will be buying “one of the best clubs in the world”.

The Belgium goalkeeper made more than 150 appearances for the Blues, winning two Premier League titles, before moving to Real Madrid in 2018.

“I think it’s been a hard month for the club and for the fans, but I think you can see that all the people that love Chelsea are really putting all their energy together,” said Courtois.

“The new owners must know what club they are buying. And hopefully, they can keep that spirit that has always been here.

“In total, I was part of Chelsea for seven years, and that was a big part of my career.

“I hope the new owners will understand what they are buying and that Chelsea can remain as one of the best clubs in the world.”

Jorginho, Reece James and Mateo Kovacic could all return to Tuchel’s starting XI for a repeat of last term’s semi-final, having been on the bench for their shock 4-1 defeat at home to Brentford in the Premier League at the weekend.

Former Blues forward Eden Hazard has not travelled with the Real squad after undergoing an operation to remove a metal plate in his right leg. Back-up forward Luka Jovic and Isco are also absent for Spain’s 13-time winners.

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