Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is already one of the best shotstoppers in the world according to Aston Villa counterpart Brad Guzan.
The Belgian international has returned to Stamford Bridge after three seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid, where he established himself as one of the best young goalkeepers on the continent.
In his time in Spain he helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga and the Copa del Rey, while he was also part of the side that made it to the Champions League final against Real Madrid last term.
He's further enhanced that reputation at Chelsea since his return having dislodged established number one Petr Cech, and has put in a string of impressive performances, and now Guzan, who will take on Courtois and his Chelsea team-mates at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, believes his opposite number is already amongst the best in the world despite his tender years.
"He's someone who I believe is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world,' Guzan told Villa's official site.
"Thibaut's resume is outstanding. His accolades for the past few seasons at Atletico speak for itself, with Belgium too. 'He's only 22 so these things are unbelievable. He's a top, top keeper and someone Chelsea sees their future with.
"You relish that opportunity to be number one - be the guy that's going to hopefully help the team. That's what it's all about."
Courtois is at the heart of a strong Chelsea side that have impressed this season. So far they are unbeaten in their first five games of the Premier League campaign as they try and win their first league trophy since 2011..
In their last outing they looked to be heading towards a huge win against title rivals Manchester City, only for former fan favourite and all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard to grab a late equaliser to ensure the shares were spoiled.
Still, they remain five points ahead of Manchester City, who take on Hull City this weekend.
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