Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois has made a claim about his upcoming return to Stamford Bridge – and some Chelsea fans on Twitter are not happy with comments from their ex-player.
The Blues now know that they will face Spanish giants Madrid in this season’s Champions League semi-finals.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea overcame Porto earlier this week, while Madrid finished the job to beat Liverpool on Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
Chelsea are scheduled to play in Spain on 27 April for the first leg of the semi-final, before the return fixture at Stamford Bridge on 4 May.
There could be an emotional return for club legend Eden Hazard on the cards, as well as a reunion with another former player Courtois.
Belgian goalkeeper Courtois, 28, has claimed he’s disappointed fans won’t be there on his return.
“It will be very nice to see a lot of familiar faces and I wish there was public at Stamford Bridge because there was a lot of happy moments I had there, even though maybe my departure wasn’t in the best way, or it was put that way, that it wasn’t the best way, but I only have good memories,” Courtois said, as quoted by beIN SPORTS.
However, a selection of Chelsea supporters on social media say the goalkeeper is lucky there won’t be a full Stamford Bridge crowd to welcome him back, and believe he’s got a nerve with his comments.
It’s clear that a large chunk of the fanbase are still raging about the manner of his exit in 2018, and he’s certainly not forgiven.
The top-class shot-stopper won two Premier League titles during his time at Chelsea, where he became the natural successor to Petr Cech.
But there was real controversy about how he forced a move to the Bernabeu, with Sky Sports reporting at the time he skipped in training prior to his transfer exit.
Here are some Chelsea fans discussing Courtois’ comments:
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