Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho blanked his own player, Thibaut Courtois, in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge before Wednesday night’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.
Courtois, who is poised to return to Chelsea this summer after spending three seasons at the Vicente Calderon, was standing with his teammates as Mourinho came down and high-fived the mascots and his ex-player Tiago.
However, the Portuguese coach refused to even make eye-contact with Courtois, who Mourinho has been reluctant to talk about in recent press conferences - insisting the Belgium international is an Atletico player.
Mourinho, of course, would have been fully focused on the match. But the least Courtois would have expected in that situation would have been a “hello” or some sort of acknowledgement. After all, the 21-year-old could be Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper next season ahead of Petr Cech.
In the end, though, Courtois had the last laugh. The Belgian, who was named the best goalkeeper in La Liga last season, made a series of excellent saves to help Atletico reach this month’s Champions League final at his parent club’s expense.
Courtois was tipped to extend his contract with the Blues until 2018, but this snub from Mourinho may have convinced him to consider his options. The youngster has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, while reports today claim he would be keen to stay in Spain following his hugely successful loan spell in La Liga.
To watch Mourinho blank Courtois, click play on the video at the top of this page.