Real Madrid head coach Lopetegui defends Courtois absence
Keylor Navas retained his place in the starting XI at the expense of the new signing and the manager explained his decision
Courtois swapped Premier League side Chelsea for European champions Madrid in a £35 million (€37m/$45m) move but the Belgium international was on the bench for Sunday’s 4-1 La Liga win over Girona – Lopetegui opting to retain Keylor Navas.
Lopetegui also preferred Navas to Courtois in Madrid’s La Liga opener against Getafe, after the 26-year-old Belgian watched from the stands as his new team lost to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15.
“I’ve got some really good options in goal and there are no problems in that area. We’ll decide what’s best for each game.
“Keylor got the nod today and did very well. There’s great competition and that makes us stronger in the goalkeeping department. I’ve got some thoughts in my mind, but I’m not going to share them.