Chelsea loanee beats Kompany, Hazard and co to Belgium’s top prize

Atletico Madrid’s on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been named Belgium’s Man of the Year for 2013.

According to Spanish paper AS, Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois has been named Belgium’s man of the year by Belgian television program RTBF.

Courtois was up against his parent club teammate Eden Hazard, Everton’s on-loan striker Roman Lukaku, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini amongst others.

The Atletico Madrid stopper had an unbelievable 2013, as Atletico Madrid won the Copa Del Rey against city rivals Real Madrid as well as closed the gap on Los Blancos and Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

The 21-year-old has a conclusive year ahead of him. Atletico Madrid currently lead La Liga and are closing in on a first title in 18 years – one which would be a monumental achievement.

After the domestic season has finished, Courtois will participate in his debut World Cup with Belgium and then what follows is a possible return to Stamford Bridge to battle current number one Petr Cech for the Chelsea jersey.

Courtois’ Chelsea future still remains a mystery – with Courtois saying of the situation:

"I'll have to clear it with Chelsea. Cech is still a very good goalkeeper and I don’t want to go to a club not to play."

Asked whether he’d be given more recognition should he play for a bigger club, Courtois replied:

"Atletico is not the size of Barca, Madrid or Chelsea, but the results are with them.”

“If a goalie plays one way in Madrid, they will tend to say he is the best in the world, but if you do the same in a club with lower status, they say something different.”

“In my case, if I did the same stops at a bigger club, maybe they will say I'm the best in the world."

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