Thibaut Courtois defended his club as a prominent charity questioned Chelsea over the way his head injury against Arsenal was handled by the club’s medics.
Thibaut Courtois collided with Arsenal midfielder Alexis Sanchez but was given clearance to continue. However, 13 minutes later, the Belgian was no longer feeling comfortable to continue and was replaced by Petr Cech.
Chelsea’s move of not taking Courtois off immediately was questioned by Headway, a renowned charity that works to support those suffering from head injuries. The charity argued that Chelsea failed to adhere to the Premier League’s new regulation which dictates that a player must be taken off if there is a suspected concussion.
Courtois, who recently played the full 90 minutes for his national side Belgium in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers was insistent that the club medics handled the situation well. “The doctor of Chelsea did well, I think,” he told Sky Sports. “She asked me the questions she needed to ask and I could repeat immediately so I was feeling well and didn’t have to come off.
“I didn’t feel I was knocked out but I was hit. I didn’t have a headache or anything, but after a few minutes I felt worse and worse. Then I started to feel a little dizzy and I couldn’t see the ball anymore, and there was a little blood coming from my ear. Because I saw trouble, I went off. I know you have to be careful, but I was not really knocked out so I could have carried on if I was not seeing blurry.”
The keeper had to go a few tests in the hospital but was cleared to join his national teammates. “I had some neck pains, dizziness and headaches for a few days afterwards. I had neurological tests to see if my brain was responding correctly and after it was OK, I travelled to Belgium,” he added.
Meanwhile Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho came out to claim that he has twice rejected the chance to take up the manager’s job at French club Paris Saint Germain.
The Portuguese claims that before returning to England he was offered the manager’s role at the big-spending club. Mourinho said that he was the first choice to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the French capital club.
“I knew about the project (at PSG) even before it began,” said Mourinho. “I was Leonardo’s first choice (ahead of Ancelotti). And when Carlo left (in 2013), they made me another offer. I have rejected them twice.
“I thought a lot about it. But the first time, there was Real Madrid and the second time there was Chelsea.
“The club has an enormous amount of quality, Laurent Blanc is a good manager, Al-Khelaifi a good president. They are in good hands. In the Champions League, they have gained some experience – they can win it.”
Mourinho also hinted at the prospect of taking over as Portugal Head Coach in the future.
“To become Portugal’s coach? The country awaits it,” Mourinho added.
“I’m in the half-time on my career, I still have 15 years”.