Thibaut Courtois is currently in his second spell with Chelsea and this time around he’s having the time of his life.
Having spent three seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid after first signing for the Blues, he’s now the club’s established first choice keeper and is forging a reputation for himself as one of the finest custodians in the game right now.
So much so that rumours of Real Madrid’s interest in his services are refusing to go away, and the Blues may have a battle on their hands to keep him in west London.
However, during a chat with Thierry Henry, whom he also works alongside with the Belgian national team, he revealed where else he could play other than between the sticks.
The exclusive interview took place in The Sun, and Courtois told Henry that he is so confident with the ball at his feet that he could do a job in the middle of the park if necessary.
“In my first game, when I was 16, after five minutes I dribbled round the striker. I was confident,” he said.
“But, at Atletico, I was kicking long balls almost every time because Diego Simeone didn’t want to play short. So then you lose that ability a bit.
“Look, I cannot play at this level — it would kill me physically. But, ability-wise, I could play midfield.”
Henry then asked him if he knew how to take a free kick, to which Courtois confidently confirmed that he could and even singled out one players who he could do a better job than.
“You know I can take free-kicks,” he added.
“There are too many players that do it. Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz.
“Actually, I don’t know about Luiz, because he shoots and maybe one goes in but some go high. So I can compete with him!”
Luiz better consider that as a challenge laid down to him!