Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tells Real Madrid of decision to skip Euro 2024: Report

Courtois wants to stay back at Madrid and regain full fitness

Bitter Courtois slams France for playing 'anti-football' (File) Belgium's Thibaut Courtois | AFP

Star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has decided to skip Belgium's Euro Cup 2024 campaign to fully recover from his ACL injury. Real Madrid's number 1 reportedly informed the club of his decision to not travel to Germany with the Belgium squad for the continental tournament, a report said.

Thibaut Courtois will stay back at the Spanish capital and work with Real Madrid's goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis to fully recover from his anterior cruciate ligament injury, reported quoting Radio Marca on Wednesday.

Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg's 31-year-old custodian Koen Casteels is likely to start for Belgium in Euro 2024.

There were earlier reports of a fallout between Courtois and Domenico Tedesco, who succeeded Roberto Martinez as the manager of the Belgium men's national team. The duo sparred after the gaffer decided to hand the captain's armband to veteran striker Romelu Lukaku.

La Liga leaders Real Madrid were forced to sign Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan after first-choice Courtois suffered a serious ACL injury a couple of days ahead of the season opener in August.

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