Courtois, renewal with award

The Belgian extends his contract until 2026 after reaching 100 league games with Madrid and being nominated for the best goalkeeper award in the last Champions League.

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In less than 48 hours, Thibaut Courtois has won two trophy shirts. On Saturday Florentino Pérez gave him an elastic commemorative of his first 100 league games with Real Madrid, which he reached in Mendizorroza. And this Monday the goalkeeper has also received from the president the one that certifies his renewal until 2026, two years more than what he had signed in his previous commitment. An award for performance that the Belgian goalkeeper has been exhibiting since he arrived at Real Madrid.

Last Friday it was UEFA that recognized the Belgian's work. Courtois is the only Madrid player who is nominated for the awards of the last edition of the Champions League. The Madrid goalkeeper competes with Ederson, from Manchester City, and Edouard Mendy, from Chelsea, for the award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament. The winner will be known on Thursday, August 26 in Istanbul, during the gala in which the draw for the group stage will also take place. His saves were key to taking Madrid to the semifinals.

With his contract extension, Courtois extends his commitment to Real Madrid with the aim of reaching eight seasons in white. He arrived from Chelsea in the summer of 2018, at the age of 26, and when the current agreement expires, he will be 34. That 2018 in which he arrived at Madrid he will remember him not only for his signing, but for the individual distinctions he received. He was a Golden Glove at the World Cup in Russia, goalkeeper of the tournament's ideal team and was also awarded as the best goalkeeper of the year at the FIFA The Best Awards.

With Madrid, his figure was key to the conquest of the Pandemic League in 2019-20. He conceded 20 goals in the 34 games he played, an average of 0.59 goals per game with which he won the Zamora Trophy (the fourth of his record, as he won another three in his time at Atlético), the first to win a Madrid goalkeeper since Casillas did it in 2007-08. Thanks to the work of Courtois, and of his teammates in defense, in the last two leagues Madrid has conceded less than 30 goals (28 last and 25 the previous one), a bar that the white team had not been able to hold in the past. previous 25 years

His goalscoring average for Madrid is less than one goal per game. He has conceded 125 goals in the 130 official games (0.96 on average per game) that he has put under the sticks with the Real Madrid shirt. His statistics are even better in the league, where in 100 games he has only conceded 85 goals. Some better numbers also than those of his first hundred league games with Atlético, in which he conceded 89 goals. Courtois will continue to add white matches this season and the next four. More than a contract, a long-term insurance policy for the Madrid goal.

Courtois: "I love being part of Real Madrid"

After his contract extension was made official, Courtois published an article on his website in which he says he is very proud of his renewal with Real Madrid. This is the translation of it, originally published in English:

"How the years have passed. I still remember the first time at the Bernabéu. The atmosphere in the changing rooms. The sound of the fans cheering from the stands. Three years later, I am happy to announce my contract renewal with Real Madrid until 2026.

My family and friends recently asked me where I would like to play for the next few years. My answer remains the same as when I was a child: Real Madrid. Adding two more years in the world's best team jersey makes that childhood dream even sweeter. I love being part of Real Madrid.

Extending my relationship with the Real Madrid family until 2026 is a true honor. Real Madrid is my home and I am grateful to be so warmly welcome here. For me, this renovation is a reward for the effort of the last year. It motivates me to work even harder and give my all for the best club in the world. During the next five years, I will do my best together with our team to bring new trophies to the madridistas.

It's no secret that winning the Champions League with Real Madrid is at the top of my wish list. But here is a promise to all of you: I will start each game as if there is a title at stake. This club and its fans deserve it. Real Madrid already has a large trophy cabinet. Still, I would be very proud if I could look back and say that my teammates and I have added a few more trophies to the glorious history of this club. I am looking forward to a bright future with Real Madrid. Hala Madrid! ".



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