Courtois returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2014, finally making his debut for the Blues at the start of the Premier League campaign - more than three years after originally completing his switch to Stamford Bridge.
Signing on loan with Spanish side Atletico Madrid in 2011, the 22-year-old spent three seasons with Diego Simeone’s men, winning two consecutive Ricardo Zamora Trophies on the way to helping the club win the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup - whilst coming within seconds of winning the Champions League last term.
His form for the reigning Spanish champions saw Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho name Courtois as his starting goalkeeper for the 2014/15 season, and he has done nothing but impress in West London. Playing behind a defence consisting of John Terry and Gary Cahill has made life easier for the Belgian international, but he has still performed admirably when called upon.
And it has been playing behind the likes of Terry which has had an impact upon Courtois, telling the Standard that the Blues legend is the best captain he has ever had.
The young stopper said: “John is a player with a lot of authority.
“When he’s in front of you, he’s a real leader in the dressing room and on the pitch.
“I have to say he’s maybe the best captain I have ever had. He’s a real captain and it’s so good.”
At Atletico, Courtois had played with former Spanish Under-21 international Gabi as captain, whilst he is marshalled by Manchester City man Vincent Kompany when on international duty with Belgium. It is a surprise to see Courtois name Terry as such a good captain despite their limited playing time together, having featured heavily with the former duo, although the Englishman - who also used to captain the English national team - is considered one of the greatest captains in Premier League history. If Courtois continues to forge a bond with Terry in front of him, there is no guessing just how strong the Chelsea defence may come in the coming years.