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Thibaut Courtois claims he was’t appreciated in his first season at Chelsea

The Belgian ace has made 71 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Genk in 2011.

He spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid before being given a chance at Stamford Bridge.

“Thibaut Courtois claims he was’t appreciated in his first season at Chelsea”

But the 24-year-old had experienced ace Petr Cech battling him for the No.1 jersey during his first season back in London.

And Courtois claims his jockeying with Cech for a starting spot distracted attention from his good performances.

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Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning save against Sunderland last night

He told the Evening Standard: “Am I in the best form of my Chelsea career?

“I think the first season I played very well too but with Petr around, I think people noticed it less.

“I had a lot of games where I made a lot of important saves, but it went a bit unnoticed.”

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Thibaut Courtois was battling Petr Cech for a starting spot during his first season

The Blues recorded their tenth successive win last night as they brushed aside Sunderland 1-0.

And Courtois produced a stunning save in the dying minutes to deny the Black Cats a point.

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/570695/Thibaut-Courtois-Chelsea-news-gossip