Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois faces considerable backlash if he doesn't show more respect

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Following the suspension of Belgium's friendly with Portugal as a result of the Brussels terror attacks, several national team members have used their free time to speak to the media.

One of whom is Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois, who despite being seen by fans as a conservative figure now faces backlash following comments made regarding his teammates at Stamford Bridge and the future.

When asked about training with the Belgium national side, he said: "The level of training is higher among the Belgians as there are only world-class international players in the squad, while at Chelsea the core squad sometimes trains alongside the youngsters as well."


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Such words are entirely erroneous on the 23-year-old's part given Chelsea have their fair share of world-class players and are merely blooding their up-and-coming players.

However, it's not just what he said that has angered fans, but the timing of it.

Courtois has arguably been one of the Blues' biggest underperformers during this tumultuous season, so to come out and publicly criticise the quality of Chelsea's squad is not only hypocritical, but illogical.

He added, somewhat shockingly, when asked whether he still stay in west London: "I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know.

"I still have three years on my current contract, it's about what Chelsea want as well."

The Blues have long been a club associated with a strong spine, so with the likes of Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba slowly being phased out, Courtois is regarded as a key component of Chelsea's new-look spine.

However, his comments and apparent uncertainty serve to suggest he isn't the man to spearhead a revolution at Stamford Bridge; to act this way after Chelsea put so much faith in him last summer by selling fan-favourite Cech to Arsenal is nothing short of a kick in the teeth.

Simply put, Courtois must show greater respect to his club before he's forcefully shown the exit. Chelsea need players who are determined to fight, rather than ones who succumb to adversity far too easily.

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