Chelsea star shortlisted for prestigious FIFA award

Thibaut Coutois

Thibaut Courtois has been in excellent form throughout 2014.

Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has been shortlisted for the inclusion in the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 which will be announced during the gala for the Ballon d’Or.

The Belgian international has enjoyed a stunning 2014 which has resulted in a number of personal and team triumphs.

Last season, Courtois spent the campaign on loan at Atletico Madrid, his third consecutive season-long loan deal, and received widespread praise for a string of fine performances.

He helped Los Colchoneros win their first La Liga title since 1996 and picked up the renowned Zamora goalkeeper honour – a trophy awarded to the shot-stopper who has conceded the fewest number of goals over the course of the league campaign.

Following his success in the Spanish capital, the Blues decided that the time was right to finally call him back to Stamford Bridge and install him as the club’s number one ahead of the popular Petr Cech.

The 22-year-old’s start to life as the Stamford Bridge outfit’s number one couldn’t have gone much better as Mourinho’s side embark on an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

In the Premier League, the Blues sit comfortably at the top after winning 10 and drawing two of their 12 league matches, conceding just 11 goals in the process.

The award is selected by the players themselves, and Courtois finds himself in competition with five-time winner Iker Casillas, Claudio Bravo, Gianluigi Buffon and Bayern Munich favourite Manuel Nueur.

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