The father of Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at the Spanish press for ‘targeting’ his son through their coverage.
The Belgian international joined Los Blancos in a €40m deal from Chelsea last summer but has struggled for form despite being selected ahead of Keylor Navas.
“I feel that everyone is targeting Thibaut," Thierry Courtois said, as cited by The Independent.
“The Spanish press, and also the Flemish. As a father, I cannot ignore that.
“A goalkeeper is always the first target, it is part of the job. For right or wrong, I let you judge that. But after the match against Ajax, he was targeted because of the fourth goal after he’d played well. This single mistake has taken on huge proportions.
“There are also personal things that come out in the press. I see the intentions of journalists to my son. I’m struggling with that, but luckily Thibaut is above that.
“He knows what to do and is aware of his qualities and he will not doubt himself.”