Thibaut Courtois reveals which other position he would be comfortable playing in

Ollie Knight
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he would also be comfortable playing in central midfield, insisting that he is confident with the ball at his feet.

The 24-year-old, who recently confessed to modelling his game on former Man Utd goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, has been in inspired form for Chelsea so far this season, conceding just 21 goals in 28 appearances while keeping 13 clean sheets.


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But the Belgian shot-stopper also fancies himself in the middle of the park, perhaps in the same role as Nemanja Matic or N'Golo Kante.

"In my first game, when I was 16, after five minutes I dribbled round the striker. I was confident,"  he told Thierry Henry for an interview in The Sun.

"But, at Atletico, I was kicking long balls almost every time because Diego Simeone didn’t want to play short. So then you lose that ability a bit.

"Look, I cannot play at this level — it would kill me physically. But, ability-wise, I could play midfield."

Henry, a master of the game in his own right, proceeded to ask Courtois about his ability from a dead-ball situation.

"You know I can take free-kicks," he added confidently considering this effort a couple of months ago.

"There are too many players that do it. Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz.

"Actually, I don’t know about Luiz, because he shoots and maybe one goes in but some go high. So I can compete with him!"

The Blues host Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday while second-placed Spurs travel to Burnley.


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