Real Madrid have announced that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a contract extension with the club, with his new deal set to expire in the summer of 2026. Although, his transfer news rumours were all fake. Courtois will be 34 years old when this contract expires.
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Courtois signed for Real Madrid in 2018 and while his first season in the club wasn’t as good as some could’ve expected, he quickly became one of the reasons why the team conquered the 2019-2020 La Liga title with his brilliant performances after the Covid break. The towering Belgian has made 130 appearances for the club and lifted three titles in the process. He also made the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season for the 2020-21 season. However, Courtois had a rocky start to his career at Real Madrid. He conceded sloppy goals as Madrid finished third in the league, having let in 46 goals.
However, after being backed up by then coach Zinedine Zidane, the Belgian turned his form around to become one of the best keepers in the league. Although, the Los Blancos won their 34th La Liga trophy.
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Courtois became the first Real Madrid goalkeeper to keep 17 clean sheets in a single season since Francisco Buyo in 1994–95. He won the Zamora Trophy for the third time after conceding just 20 goals in 34 matches. He was also the first player to win the Spanish first division title with both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. After Jose Luis Perez-Paya in 1954, Courtois achieved this feat.