Thibaut Courtois has responded angrily to recent comments made by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Mignolet was quoted as saying that he hopes to dislodge the 21-year-old Courtois, who will return to parent club Chelsea next season following a third successful spell with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, as Belgium’s number one goalkeeper ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
However, Courtois believes the Liverpool number one has shown a lack of respect, and should instead be supporting his international colleague.
"In Spain, I hear no goalkeeper saying they're aiming for the place of Casillas," he told Sport/Foot Magazine. "Not De Gea, not Valdes, not Reina. It's the opposite - they back Casillas.
"Simon can say whatever he wants, but I think I've already saved enough points for Belgium and I'm playing good games for Atletico. He has to stay humble and respectful."
Both players have made 14 appearances for Belgium, but Courtois is expected to retain his place as the Red Devils’ first-choice goalkeeper at showpiece tournament in Brazil.
Although Mignolet has enjoyed an impressive debut season at Anfield, Courtois has cemented his status as the best young goalkeeper in world football during his two-and-a-half year spell with Atleti.
Indeed, his stunning performances last season earned him the 2012/13 LFP Best Goalkeeper award, while the youngster also claimed the prestigious Zamora Trophy.