Chelsea star nominated for prestigious La Liga award

Thibaut Coutois

Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois has been nominated for La Liga’s best goalkeeper award.

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has been nominated for the 'Best Goalkeeper in the Liga BBVA for 2013-14' award to be decided on 27 October in Madrid.

The Belgian international - who won the 2012/13 version - has been put forward for the prize following his fabulous season on loan at La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

Courtois first joined the club on loan at the beginning of the 2011/12 season, weeks after moving to the Blues on a five-year deal from Belgian outfit Genk.

After a number of impressive displays, the 22-year-old remained in the Spanish capital for the 2012/13 season and then again for the 2013/14 campaign on season-long loan deals.

Along with Los Colchoneros, Courtois last season became recognised in world football as one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation following a memorable campaign.

He helped Diego Simeone’s hardworking side win La Liga ahead of city-rivals Real Madrid and reigning champions Barcelona for the first time since 1995.

Throughout the league campaign, the 6ft 6inch shot-stopper kept an outstanding 20 clean sheets whilst conceding a total of 24 goals from 37 appearances, thus winning the prestigious Ricardo Zamora trophy awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-game ratio from at least 15 La Liga matches.

Courtois is the favourite to win the Best Goalkeeper trophy, but the Blues ace has competition from Willy Caballero and World Cup hero Keylor Navas who also enjoyed superb individual campaigns.

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