The £35million signing from Chelsea was not in the squad for Los Blancos’ UEFA Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, and then was named only as a substitute in last week’s opening league win over Getafe.
Incumbent goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who had said in the wake of Courtois’ signing that he was “as likely to die as to leave Real Madrid”, got the nod in both games, looking impressive against Getafe.
Navas and Courtois have been locked in an intense battle during training, and despite Navas’ showing last week, it seems the new signing’s turn has come.
It’s David Cooper here bringing you all your Real Madrid news on Thursday.
9:49pm – Asensio sets goal for the season
Marco Asensio has stated his aims for the season, saying that he wants to develop from an exciting talent into an important player for club and country.
Read what the young star had to say here.
9:12pm – Bayern would have won two Champions League titles with VAR, says Vidal
Champions League disappointment from his time at Bayern Munich is clearly still on the mind of new Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal.
Bayern were knocked out by Madrid in successive seasons, but with refereeing controversies affecting both times.
Vidal, without mentioning Madrid by name, said Bayern would have won the trophy twice during his spell there had VAR been in place.
Read more here.
12:01pm – Ronaldo will improve Juventus in every department, former great claims
Perhaps not what Whites fans wanted to hear about their former star.
Watch the ex-goalkeeper, here.
11:30am – Llorente set to leave Bernabeu
Marcos Llorente could be forced out of the Bernabeu before the La Liga transfer window deadline slams shut on August 31.
Read more, here.
10am – Juventus line up Zidane as next boss
Read more, here.
The Spaniard played the full 90 minutes in Los Blancos’ 2-0 win over Getafe last Sunday as the European champions got their La Liga campaign off to a fine start.
“My first aim is always to triumph at Real Madrid, and then you never know what can happen,” he said to GQ when asked about his future.
“I have already had the opportunity to be a starter in very important matches in both Madrid and the national team and I hope that each time I can become more important and play more regularly for both.”
“I try not to pay too much attention to the expectations placed on me.
“It is normal that so many have been generated because I have had two very good years at Real Madrid.
“I just hope to keep surpassing these expectations.”