Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois taunts Gareth Bale over Tottenham move

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has poked fun at Tottenham after Gareth Bale returned to the club on loan this summer.

Bale has rejoined Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Madrid seven years after his £85million move to the Bernabeu, where he was deemed surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane.

A knee injury has so far prevented him from making his second debut for the north London outfit, although boss Jose Mourinho hinted before the international break that it could come against West Ham this weekend.

And ahead of his potential Spurs bow, Los Blancos team-mate Courtois has wished Bale the best of luck – while joking that he has joined the wrong London team.

“What Bale talked about with the coach is personal,” the ex-Blues shot-stopper told El Larguero.

“I don't know what he thought, but then they are decisions that each one makes.

“I had a good relationship with Gareth and I wish him the best of luck this year, even if he's not playing for the good London team.

“He is a great player.”

Courtois spent seven years at Chelsea before departing for Madrid in 2018, although the first three were spent on loan at Atletico Madrid.

When he returned to become first-choice goalkeeper in 2014/15, the Belgian won a Premier League and League Cup double in his debut campaign under Bale’s new manager Mourinho.

He then picked up another league winners’ medal in 2016/17 under Antonio Conte, before lifting the FA Cup a year later.

Courtois sealed a move to Madrid two years ago and has racked up 81 appearances for the Spanish giants, who brought former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu last year.

Hazard has failed to live up to expectations so far amid a number of injury setbacks, yet his compatriot is backing him to “explode” this term.

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“Eden is the first one who wants to prove it,” Courtois said.

“Before his injury in November last year, he had two or three games very well and had bad luck.

“I see him training very well and I'm sure that in no time he will explode and give the team a lot of joy.”

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