Thibaut Courtois is not friends with Simon Mignolet

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Thibaut Courtois' feud with international colleague Simon Mignolet does not appear to be at an end just yet, with Belgium manager Marc Wilmots having confirmed that the rival goalkeepers are not friends.

Chelsea starlet Courtois and Liverpool number one Mignolet first appeared to fall-out earlier this year, with the former taking exception to the latter's claims that he was aiming to become his country's first-choice 'stopper ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Such comments appeared to provoke a war of words between the two men, with Wilmots confirming that the two are still not friendly even after the competition in South America in which Belgium were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Argentina.

Not friends

"Okay, they're not friends but should they be?," the former Schalke and Standard Liege midfielder told Belgian magazine Humo in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Daily Express.

"They behave like pros, working well in training. That's the only thing I desire. It doesn't matter who you are, as soon as that respect goes it ruins the atmosphere."

Mignolet was ultimately unsuccessful in his bid to wrestle his regular starting berth back from Courtois, of course.

The 22-year-old - who many already believe is already one of the best goalkeepers in the world after a hugely successful loan stint with Atletico Madrid - featured in all five of Belgium's World Cup fixtures, conceding a total of just three goals.

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Courtois success

It has been a superbly successful year for Courtois to date, one in which his already stellar reputation has been boosted even further.

Having won La Liga with Atletico and reached the final of the 2014 Champions League, it became increasingly apparent that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would be faced with a crucial decision regarding whether to replace Stamford Bridge stalwart Petr Cech or run the risk of losing Courtois for good to a major European rival.

To the relief of Blues fans everywhere, Mourinho demonstrated his faith in the former Genk man's ability and he has so far impressed in his first four top-flight appearances.

Mignolet questions

Mignolet, meanwhile, remains Brendan Rodgers' preferred option between the posts at Anfield although questions have been raised by some Liverpool fans recently over his lack of authority.

Both goalkeepers will be back in action this weekend as Chelsea visit reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday and the Reds look to bounce back from a dire home defeat to high-flying Aston Villa with a trip to West Ham.

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