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Courtois To Start For Real Madrid In Bilbao

Thibaut Courtois will retain his place in Real Madrid’s starting line-up for the weekend clash at Athletic Club Bilbao, according to Marca.

The Belgian international joined the European champions in a €35m deal last month but Keylor Navas retained his place for the first three competitive matches this season.

The Costa Rican played against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup before keeping his place for the opening league fixtures against Getafe and Girona.

Courtois debuted on September 1 against Leganes and conceded a penalty, but he hardly had anything to do.

“I had the logical nerves of a debut,” he said afterwards.

During the international break, Courtois went off to play for his country while Navas decided to stay at home, rather than play for Costa Rica, in order to try and convince Lopetegui that he should still be Real’s No.1.

With the upcoming Champions League match with Roma looming large, the feeling seems to be that whoever is in goal then is likely to stay there for the season.

Although Lopetegui has assured in his last interviews,, on Onda Cero and Cadena Ser, that he has a plan for the goalkeepers, the reality is that at Real Madrid does not want a repeat of the 2013/14 season where Diego Lopez played all the league games and the Champions League and Copa del Rey matches went to Iker Casillas.

Real Madrid have beee chasing a replacement for Navas for three years now and the Costa Rican has to feel hard done by that. Since June 2014 Navas has played played 144 games for Real Madrid and let in 143 goals. During that time he has won three Champions Leagues, one league, two Club World Cups, one European Super Cup and one Spanish Super Cup.

This past August, Navas was named the best goalkeeper in the Champions League by UEFA, while both Madrid goalkeepers are nominated by FIFPro to enter the best XI of the season.

Who do you think should be the Real Madrid No.1 this season?