Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has labelled on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as one of the best in the world in his position.
Courtois was in fine form during Ateltico's 1-0 win over AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League last evening, pulling off a stunning save from Andrea Poli to keep the score at 0-0 at the San Siro.
The Belgian international has been on loan from Chelsea for the last two season, with his future at Stamford Bridge up in the air.
The 21-year-old said recently that he was hoping to get some clarification over his future - and find out whether he was staying permanently in Spain or returning to Chelsea - in March.
Costa, who is said to be a summer transfer target for Chelsea, offered the Premier League outfit plenty of food for thought when he gave an assessment of Courtois performance last night.
“Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” the frontman said.
“He knows his power, and he has our confidence. Courtois gives us a lot and always gives us amazing help.
“It was a very difficult game against a big team but we have been able to withstand the pressure and at the key moment we sought the result.”
The issue for Courtois and indeed Chelsea remains what role the young shotstopper will take on if he does return to Stamford Bridge.
Petr Cech is currently the club's number one and at 31-years-old, still in theory has his best years ahead of him.