Thibaut Courtois has been nominated for the Belgian Sportsman of the Year award.
22-year-old Courtois has enjoyed a remarkable 2014, winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, reaching the final of the Champions League, and securing his place as Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.
He also played a key role in the Red Devils World Cup campaign, and was named winner of the Ricardo Zamora trophy in La Liga for the second consecutive season.
Returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, the £7 million signing was named as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice goalkeeper for his new-look Blues side, making his first appearance in West London more than three years after signing for the Premier League club. However, he looks set to keep his place between the sticks for the foreseeable future, with a 10 to 15-year career expected of the youngster, who is currently regarded as one of the best in the world.
To reward Courtois on his incredible year, the Belgian Professional Association of Sports Journalists has named the ‘keeper as one of three contenders to be named the Belgian Sportsman of the Year.
The award, never won by a footballer since its foundation in 1967, will be announced in December, and the Chelsea star is up against tennis player David Goffin and speed skater Bart Swings.
Whilst Courtois won one major title this year, Goffin has two to his name, claiming the Austrian Open in August, the Moselle Open in September, whilst also losing in the final of another - being beaten by Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors. Swings has no titles to his name this season, but he is still in the running for the coveted trophy.
Chelsea fans will be hoping that Courtois is named Belgian Sportsman of the Year, making it the first piece of silverware he wins in a long and hopefully illustrious career in West London.