Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has heaped praise on Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois, calling him one of the world’s best, as reported by the Daily Star.
This season has seen Courtois replace Chelsea stalwart Petr Cech in net for the Stamford Bridge club.
Courtois’ reputation has developed over the last few seasons, when he spent three years on loan with Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
The goalkeeper was part of a spell of immense success at the side, with the Madrid club winning the Europa League, the Super Cup, the Copa del Rey and La Liga over his time with the team.
The La Liga win was particularly exceptional, given the relative resources of Atletico compared to their divisional rivals Barcelona and local rivals Real Madrid.
With the Belgian stopper now plying his trade back in the Premier League, Guzan, who plays for Chelsea’s next opponents Villa, has praised Courtois heavily.
“Thibaut’s resume is outstanding. His accolades for the past few seasons at Atletico speak for itself, with Belgium too.
“There’s nothing better that having the confidence of the manager and coaching staff.
“You want to be dependable and the guy the lads look to if an opposition player gets through the defence.
“You want them thinking that you’re going to come up with the goods and make a save at the vital time. You want that responsibility.
“You relish that opportunity to be number one – be the guy that’s going to hopefully help the team. That’s what it’s all about.”