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Courtois is yet to find his best form at Real Madrid .

Thibaut Courtois has tweeted about reports of who he wants as Real Madrid manager

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Thibaut Courtois' dream move to Real Madrid is rapidly turning into a nightmare.

The Belgian left Chelsea in a £31.5million deal in the summer but initially struggled to displace Keylor Navas between the sticks.

While the stopper has now played seven times for his new club, his performances so far have left many fans questioning whether he's really an upgrade on Navas, even if the Costa Rican makes his fair share of errors too.

In the recent 2-1 defeat to Levante, Courtois seemed to have lost his confidence, coming off his line far too early and making a mess of Jose Morales' opener.

In fact, the 26-year-old's poor form has played no small part in the problems plaguing Julen Lopetegui, who may well lose his job if he can't pull off a shock result in El Clasico this weekend.

Speculation is already mounting that Antonio Conte is ready to take the Spaniard's place and it would certainly be interesting to see how his former goalkeeper would react to that development.

El Pais have claimed that when Courtois looks back on his time at Stamford Bridge, he is unhappy with "the psychological manipulations of [Jose] Mourinho and the authoritarianism of Conte".

Who does Courtois 'want' instead? 

There has been increasing talk in Spain of a return for former Bernabeu boss Mourinho, in spite of his current woes at Manchester United and ignoring the fact that he was far from unanimously popular during his time in the capital. Nevertheless, Conte remains the favourite.

Lopetegui's reign so far has been a disaster

In their piece on Courtois, the newspaper also suggested that he wanted his international manager, Roberto Martinez, at the helm instead, believing him to be the "best coach in the world" - this story already sounds a little dubious, right?

Courtois responds 

Unsurprisingly, Courtois has now firmly denied the rumour, tweeting:

"I want to categorically deny the information published today in the @elpais_deportes regarding me. It includes lies that harm me as a professional and I expect a rectification as I ponder taking legal action."

The expectation is that president Florentino Perez will indeed be making a change soon, with the European champions having picked up just one point from their last four league games.

Los Blancos sit a humble seventh in La Liga.

For many, therefore, Conte would be a welcome addition, but his old number one might well feel differently. 

Who do you think should be the next Real Madrid manager? Have your say in the comments. 

Topics:
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Julen Lopetegui
Antonio Conte
Thibaut Courtois
Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid
Chelsea

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