​Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has lashed out at the media telling them to not “publish lies” about him having anxiety issues because there are “people who suffer from the truth.”

It was rumoured that Courtois had to be taken off at halftime during Madrid’s​ Champions League match against Club Brugge, but both the club and player have vehemently denied these claims.

Thibaut Courtois,Emmanuel Dennis

“I know what it means to be an elite player,” ​Courtois said speaking with the press after Belgium’s 9-0 drubbing of San Marino last night.

“I’m very happy and I don’t have anxiety problems. Responsibility from the media is required to not publish lies and nonsense about things like that because at the end of the day, there are people who really suffer from those problems.”

“I think it’s disrespectful to the player and to the people who are really suffering. I am happy and training hard and want to give the Real Madrid fans joy. The people at the [Estadio] Santiago Bernabeu are always a critical audience, we [Real Madrid players] know that, and we will do everything so that they break out in applause.”

After the match against Club Brugge, ​Real Madrid released a statement indicating that he had acute gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

“I feel good now,” Courtois explained.

“It was a strong bout of flu, and not pleasant at all. Now I have recovered and was able to train almost all of Monday and Tuesday with the team, and did the entire session on Wednesday.”

“I feel strong again, and had lost a few kilos too.”


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