Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he bases a lot of his game in Netherlands and Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar, claiming he is a man that he looks up to as he looks to progress his career in England after rising to prominence at Atletico Madrid in Spain. Furthermore, the Chelsea wonderkid also revealed he watched many Man United games because of Van der Sar.
Courtois looks set to be a Chelsea player next season after being convinced by manager Jose Mourinho to remain at Stamford Bridge after a summer of speculation suggesting he was prepared to leave the club after finding Petr Cech difficult to dislodge from the number spot.
The lure of the Premier League has now proven too strong for the big Belgian to resist with his idol van der Sar having impressed on English soil to claim a multitude of records and it is something Courtois has now set his sights on emulating his hero and living up to the similarities often compared between them.
Courtois told the Daily Mirror, “Edwin van der Sar is my all-time hero, I have always looked up to him.
“He followed a similar path. He first went to other countries, played for a big club in the south of Europe, then moved as an experienced goalkeeper to the Premier League.
“His style as a ‘keeper at Manchester United was so similar as mine. We are both very tall, we are not the biggest built guys in goal and we both have this really cool attitude under the most bizarre circumstances.
“I used to watch all his games at Man United. Whenever he was playing, I was glued to the box. This is why I have learnt so much from him.”
Thibaut Courtois kept 20 clean sheets for Atletico Madrid last season, conceding at a rate of 0.65 goals per game.