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Thibaut Courtois is having a tough time right now.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois: I am one of world's best, but press out to get me

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Thibaut Courtois' struggles since his move to Real Madrid have been well documented this season.

The Belgian didn't exactly leave Chelsea on the best of terms and was seen as a rather unnecessary signing, given the form of Keylor Navas.

Both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari put their faith in Courtois as managers and there were sporadic showings of his world-class ability.

However, there have been off the field issues with the Belgian and after Zinedine Zidane's return, the writing looks on the wall for Courtois.

Zidane is a huge fan of Navas and brought the Costa Rican back in for his first game back in charge, a 2-0 win at home to Celta Vigo.

To make matters worse for Courtois, he produced an absolute howler while on international duty with Belgium last night.

The goalkeeper pretty much tripped over his own feet while attempting to dribble, gifting Russia's Denis Cheryshev a tap-in.

Luckily for Courtois, Eden Hazard was on hand to spare his blushes with a match-winning brace.

After the game, Courtois spoke with reporters and was determined to reveal his confidence in his own ability.

Courtois and Eden Hazard after the Russia game

“I am one of the best, although the Spanish press wants to kill me,” Courtois responded when asked about his recent form, per Mundo Deportivo.

“I feel very strong, I'm calm because I train well and play well.”

Play well? Maybe he's talking about his performances in training...

No one can deny that on his day, Courtois is one of the best in the business, a commanding, agile shot-stopper capable of controlling his penalty area with ease.

Courtois looks distraught vs Ajax

But his lack of consistency is harming his reputation right now and he faces a tough end to the season with Zidane in charge.

Don't rule out yet another summer move for Courtois in the upcoming window.

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Julen Lopetegui
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