Chelsea starlet named Best Goalkeeper in La Liga

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has spent the last two-and-a-half campaigns on loan with Atletico Madrid, has been named as last season's best goalkeeper in La Liga.

The 21-year-old has cemented his status as one of the world's best young goalkeepers since arriving at the Vicente Calderon in 2011.

Since then he has firmly established himself as the first-choice 'keeper of the Belgium national team, while last season he became the youngest ever winner of Spain's Zamora Trophy, which is awarded to the goalkeeper with the best goals-against ratio in La Liga.

Courtois conceded 29 goals from 37 appearances - earning him rave reviews across Spain.

And on Monday night, after picking up the accolade for the best goalkeeper in La Liga at the LFP awards, the Belgian told reporters: "I'm happy, this trophy is an award for all the hard work I've put in.

"I'd like to say thanks to my coach [Diego Simeone] and the president [Enrique Cerezo]. I feel very happy to be in Spain and I hope we have a good season."

Courtois is poised to return to Chelsea, where he has yet to make a single appearance, at the end of the season.

However, the young goalkeeper has made it clear that he does not intend to stick around at Stamford Bridge unless he immediately succeeds Petr Cech as the Blues' number one.

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