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Real Madrid Want Unai Simon To Replace Thibaut Courtois

Unai Simon

Real Madrid are reportedly targeting Atheltic Bilbao’s Unai Simon to replace Thibaut Courtois in goal.

The Belgian’s form has again come under scrutiny this season and he has not been a hit with Madrid fans since his move from Chelsea in the summer of 2018.

And now Courtois could find himself being replaced as Madrid are interested in Simon, according to El Desmarque.

Real Madrid want their goalkeeper to be the best in the world and produce match-saving stops – that is where Courtois is failing.

In seven La Liga appearances, Courtois has let in seven goals and made just eight saves – the lowest of any keeper who has played more than three times.

Before last night’s 1-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray, Courtois had actually conceded more goals than he’d made saves across all competitions.

The 22-year-old Simon has made 17 saves from his eight games of 2019/20 with Athletic enjoying the league’s joint-best defensive record.

This isn’t the first time Real have looked to Bilbao for a new keeper with Kepa Arrizabalaga touted for a switch before eventually signing for Chelsea, but Zidane snubbed that deal in favour of backing then No1 Keylor Navas.

With the Costa Rican now gone, and new back-up Alphonse Areola not highly rated in Madrid, the under-fire Blancos have Simon on their radar.