ᑕ❶ᑐ Belgium team-mate slams Courtois for leaving national team: ‘We’re disappointed’

The selection of Belgian there is a crisis behind the scenes. Courtois, one of the team’s main and most experienced players, gave up concentration during the playoff dispute for the eurocup 2024. And the attitude was criticized.

Yannick Carrasco, in a radio and television interviewRTBF‘, was dissatisfied with the decision of the goalkeeper of the real Madrid.

“We are disappointed with his reaction. At the end of the day, he is part of the team, he is one of the three captains. The belt is just a detail. You have to show that you are a leader and a captain with your personality. He chose to leave. Whether he had any problems or not, we don’t know. But one of the reasons for his departure was also the banner,” he said.

Without Courtois and with Sels in goal, Belgium beat Estonia last Tuesday (20th) 3-0 and are 2nd in Group F of Euro qualifiers with seven points, three behind the leaders. Austria.

The controversy around the departure of Courtois from the concentration in Belgium

Last Monday (19), Domenico Tedesco, Belgium manager, clarified that Courtois called him after the confrontation against Austria and said he was irritated not to have been chosen as captain of the selection in the game ( Lukaku received the belt). For this reason, left the team and returned home.

However, Courtois went public after quitting the Belgium national team during Euro 2024 qualifiers over the captain’s belt and repeated he was injured.

Read Courtois’ post in full:

« This afternoon I was surprised to hear the coach’s press conference, in which he gave a partial and subjective account of a private conversation we had after the game against Austria. .

I want to make it clear that this is neither the first nor the last time that I will speak to a coach about locker room issues, but it is the first time that someone has decided to go public with it. I’m disappointed about this, but I want to clarify that the coach’s assessments do not correspond to reality.

In this conversation I asked him, not for direct benefit, to explain and make decisions to avoid situations that in the past have harmed us, always looking for the general benefit. Whether or not to captain the national team is not a whim or a random decision, it should be his decision and that’s what I tried to convey to him. Unfortunately, I did not reach my goal.

I insist on the fact that in no case did I demand anything and that I spoke to my teammate romelu lukaku to clarify all the circumstances related to this situation. At the same time, I would like to clarify that I have not raised any similar issue with any of my teammates, as has been alleged.

Also, yesterday (Sunday) afternoon I had a check up for a problem with my right knee. My club’s medical team and the national team have been in contact and have analyzed all the relevant material to make the decision to leave the concentration. »