Discussion in 'Transfer Forum' started by ehsanul, May 11, 2011.
Racing genk goalkeeper...Anybody seen him play??
Newcastle United are also interested in Courtois.
Newcastle have Krul and Forster in their ranks, doubt they add another one.
Has turned 19 today
38 games for Genk this season
Not sure why we'd sign him now after Linde.
Might be keeping an eye on him for the future
Looks more like stevie g
Edit more like if gerrard and lahm had a kid
I've seen him play and he has had a great season. He's obviously really talented, but just as obvious is the fact that there's room for improvement. he's only 18 but he comes accross as a mature lad. In my opinion he's too young right now for United no. 1 spot, but maybe one day he'll be good enough. He still has everything to prove of course.
His last name looks like Tortoise, so therefore we should sign him.
Signed for Chelsea today according to Sky Sports.
Be interesting to see if he goes on loan straihgt away.
Chelsea have agreed to sign highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a five-year deal from Genk, the Belgian champions have announced.
Reports suggest that the Stamford Bridge outfit have invested €9million (£7.9million) to land the well-regarded 19-year-old.
Courtois, who has been compared to former Manchester United shot-stopper Edwin van der Sar, has been earning rave reviews for his performances in Belgium.
Genk admitted that they had little option but to let their last line of defence depart once the Blues made their intentions plain with a substantial bid.
"We received an enormous offer that gave us no choice but to let our goalkeeper leave," Genk director Dirk Degraen told a press conference.
"But I have mixed feelings about this transfer. Genk wanted Thibaut to stay a bit longer."
Courtois, who has already been capped by his country despite his age, was under contract in his homeland until 2014 and does not expect immediate first-team action in West London.
"Chelsea see me as the successor to Petr Cech," he admitted recently.
"It won't happen in one or two years, but in three, four or five years. I can therefore work on my development in peace."
Just saw this on SSN
Very, very highly rated by people in Belgium. I know that because I've two or three Belgians on my twitter and they all speak highly of him.
Odds on him being a better 'keeper then de Gea?
Big money to spend on a keeper when Cech isn't remotely close to retirement.
Exactly. Bizarre buy. Then again, they have a habit of keeping expensive back up keepers on their tab.
Cudicini (just guessing)
He cost £160,000.
Enormous wages. 50-60k per week after the arrival of Cech. Barely played. I say that's costing a lot.
You don't know what his wages were, and as Duffer rightly pointed out he cost the club next to nothing.
Well that's not fair. At least tell us what his wages were to prove that he wasn't expensive.
The point is Chelsea most certainly do not have a habit of keeping expensive back up keepers.
Cudicini probably was on good wages towards the end of his time at Chelsea, hell, Hilario and Turnbull are probably on a decent wage but you can't call them "expensive keepers".
No. He just didn't want to go and play football regularly for no reason at all. Nothing to do with the fact that other clubs couldn't match his wage bill.
He was the same as Winston Bogarde.
Cudcini was on a 5 year contract. He was on a great contract before Cech game and after he came he signed an extension with a paygrade. Considering Chelsea having him as a backup keeper for almost 5 years and now this guy I say it's pretty close to becoming a habit.
Hilario and Turnbull are much much cheaper.
Not like it matters anyway. I understand Chelsea wanting to keep Cudicini. Great back up keeper to have. Money wasn't an obstacle. And Hilaro is very old and unreliable so they need a number three or a new number two. It's just very expensive I feel for a number 2. He's never going to beat Cech for the number 1 spot.
Belgium really have a lot of talented players - wouldn't be surprised if they turn into one of the top 5-6 teams in Europe in a few years
Vermaelen, Witsel, Fellaini, this guy, Mignolet, Defour, Hazard, Vertongen, Lukaku, Boyata etc etc...that's not a bad collection of talented players
Little chance of him being better in the short term, no chance of him being better in the long term
Wow, someone who not only can tell the future but also watched a lot of Racing Genk. Kudos.
Alderweireld, Kompany, Vossen, Mirallas, Legear, Pocognoli, Chadli.
Didn't Chelsea have another promising young keeper, someone from Croatia I think?
So you don't know?
Because a backup keeper getting high wages is an expensive keeper. Transfer fees are only a part of the story regarding how expensive a player is.
You're confusing me with Eric Steele
£35,000 - tell me, what was Ben Foster on?
Wages are never disclosed.
He is a massive talent (A mate of mine has said that he`s best belgian goalkeeper talent since Jean-Marie Pfaff) and comes out of a golden generation of young quality belgian players.......but he`s 19 and Cech should be Chelsea`s goalkeeper for many more years therefore this guy needs playing time, it`s his decision and he knows about this situation but i feel this move comes too soon for him and it`s the wrong club too (Cech has played 50 of possible 53 games last season........even Arsenal`s 5th goalkeeper gets more games than Chelsea`s 2nd goalkeeper ).
But Chelsea are doing well to have a eye on belgian players......Lukaku is of course heavly linked with them and i`ve heard Kevin De Bruyne (Attacking midfielder from Genk) is on Chelsea`s shopping list too.
This is so true.......i´m hoping they`ll qualify for the Euros 2012 and i would like to see a friendly between England vs Belgium.
I think they`ll be a very good team for the World Cup 2014.
Courtois (19), Mignolet (22)
Alderweireld (22), Kompany (25), Van Buyten (33), Vermaelen (25), Vertonghen (24), Lombaerts (26), Boyata (20), Vanden Borre (23), Pocognoli (23)
Fellaini (24), Defour (23), Witsel (22), De Bruyne (20)
Hazard (20), Chadli (21), Mertens (24), El Ghanassy (21)
Lukaku (18), Dembele (24), Vossen (22), Mirallas (23), Ogunjimi (22)
God knows. And I do agree that Chelsea don't have any such 'habit'. But I assume he'd have gotten lesser than Cudicini.
I haven't seen much of this guy - but I don't think there can be many keepers more talented than de Gea
One turned 19 in may - played roughly 40 league matches in Belgium and never played for Belgium at any level. Is being bought as a back-up for Petr Cech
The other one is 1.5 years older - is bought to be the first-team goalkeeper for one of Europes top 5 sides. 57 league matches in La Liga. Almost 50 international matches for Spain at various levels. Also won a European Cup
I am not saying Courtois wont be a brilliant goalkeeper - I don't know - but in terms of talent - all statistics indicate that De Gea is in a league of his own.
When you say "I hand not seen much of this guy", how many genk games did you watch last year? Do you mean "i have never seen him play"? EDIT You are talking about de gea, my bad.
For the record I have not seen anything of our new guy and very little of yours. it just seemed a ridiculous thing to say by ekeke who cannot possibly have seen more than one or two genk games.
I've never seen him, I've seen De Gea a lot. If you go back to the first post in this thread, we were looking at this guy as well as De Gea. Both are likened to VDS.
We went with the guy who has played more, won more, played at more levels, cost more and will be put straight into our first team.
You went with the other guy we decided not to go for and he'll be backup for Cech.
I've seen a lot of De Gea and anticipate a few mistakes as he settles in next season. Its not quite going to be like VDS never left... But he's already a good keeper, not much behind Reina in fact. And his potential is through the roof, he'll get there but it may take more than a season or two.
So like I said, there's a chance he could be better in the short term. No chance long term, not unless he ousts Cech from the team mid-season and Cech never gets back in
No more bizarre than us buying Jones when we have Smalling and Evans in reserve behind Rio and Vidic. They'll not be short on takers if they decide to send him out on loan, and with so few good goalkeepers around these days it makes sense to have a plan in place to replace Cech. It certainly isn't an essential signing for them at this point but its not bizarre either.
Yes it is. Way different. Goalkeeper isn't a position you rotate. For an outfield position you need a back up for each position that won't damage the team much by rotating. In defense you should preferably have two players. We currently have 8 defenders.
Also, it was a matter of buying him now or never getting him.
Lets see how he does for Chelsea. Maybe Boas might be different to the other Chelsea managers and actually use youngsters in CC and FA Cup games.
Who's to say Chelsea didn't have information that Courtois would move somewhere else if they didn't sign him now? They don't have to keep him at Stamford Bridge for now anyway. Loan him out, let him develop and if and when he looks a better option than Cech then phase him back in.
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