'We were champions': Courtois says he is proud to have played with Drogba and Terry

Real Madrid star and former Blue Thibaut Courtois has named two Chelsea players he is happy to have played with as he had a conversation with Callum Hudson-Odoi.

It is safe to say the Belgium international has not been a popular figure among some Chelsea fans since his departure in 2018.

Some supporters still bear a grudge against Courtois over the way he left Stamford Bridge.

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In February last year, Courtois explained that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia had already agreed to sell him in the summer before changing her decision as potential replacements were deemed too expensive.

The 28-year-old told the Express: “Living in London and the schedule of the Premier League made it impossible for me to regularly see my children, who lived in Madrid.”

Courtois eventually joined Real Madrid and Chelsea were forced to break their transfer record to trigger Kepa Arrizbalaga’s £71.5million release clause with Athletic Bilbao.

Courtois has now had another chance to speak about his past at Chelsea when he took on Blues rising star Hudson-Odoi on an NBA 2K20 game.

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Courtois told Hudson-Odoi on Sky Sports’ NBA 2k20 on Sundays: “I was really proud I could be a champion with Chelsea and Drogba, you know.

“Because I even saw him when he was in Marseille. I always went on holiday close to Marseille, and he played there.

“After he did all those things at Chelsea, I played with him and we were champions, it was great.

“His personality, his winner’s mentality – and also to play with John Terry, for me those two were a bit similar.”

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At Chelsea, Courtois has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup.

He was also awarded the Premier League golden glove in 2016/17 when he recorded 16 clean-sheets in the title-winning season under Antonio Conte.


A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.