Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed his biggest fear in football is losing his gloves, and so takes four pairs to every game to avoid that nightmare situation.
The Belgium international admits he still frets about the prospect of being gloveless, despite the fact his meticulous preparation should ensure that scenario never arises.
Courtois has been a virtual ever present between the sticks for Jose Mourinho's this season, playing all but one of the Blues' Premier League games in 2014/15.
After an impressive three-year stint on loan at Atletico Madrid, the 22-year-old finally returned to Stamford Bridge during the summer and replaced veteran custodian Petr Cech as Chelsea's new No.1 goalkeeper.
But despite his outwardly cool and calm persona, the former Racing Genk star has shared one particular weakness in his make-up that might make Mourinho a little nervous.
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“When I put my gloves on, I become a maniac. And I don’t let anybody else get near them," Courtois explained in an interview with The Sun. "As far as I’m concerned it’s down to me to bring them.
“I make sure I have my gloves the night before, to make sure they are just wet enough to give me the grip I’m looking for. Then I always take three pairs to any game. One to play in, another pair for the warm-up and the third just in case."
He added: "I also make sure there’s a fourth pair with the kit man, for the worst-case scenario.
“It’s not the same with boots. I’ll leave them with the kit man but not my gloves, in case he forgets them or gets them wet.”
The 6ft 6in stopper has been a towering presence at the back for Chelsea this season, and as long as he doesn't let his insecurities about his gloves affect his performances on the pitch then supporters need not worry about the Belgian's bizarre superstition.
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