World Cup 2022: Courtois Disagrees With De Bruyne Over Age Talks

World Cup 2022: Courtois Disagrees With De Bruyne Over Age Talks

  • Kevin de Bruyne dismissed Belgium's chance of winning the World Cup as they are too old
  • Goalie Thibaut Courtois disagrees with his Belgium teammate and said age is not an issue
  • Real Madrid's keeper used club teammates Luka Modric and Karim Benzema as examples

Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has expressed his disagreement with the claim by Kevin De Bruyne, that Belgium can not win the World Cup because they are too old.

De Bruyne's comments came shortly before the Red Devils were defeated 2-0 by the Atlas Lions of Morocco - a result that leaves them needing results against Croatia if they want to progress.

Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium, Qatar 2022, FIFA World Cup
Thibaut Courtois disagrees with Kevin De Bruyne over his Belgium team age comments. Photo by Visionhaus/James Williamson.
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The end of the road is near for Belgium's so-called golden generation, who despite spending almost four years as number one on FIFA rankings, have no silverware to show for it.

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Courtois: age not a factor

Courtois, while speaking during the pre-game conference ahead of the match against Croatia, voiced his disagreement with de Bruyne.

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''It's not an age issue. At Real Madrid, we have Benzema and Modrić. It's too easy to make that excuse."

Karim Benzema (34) and Luka Modric (37) are two of Courtois's Los Blancos mates he used as an example. Modric is currently at the World Cup while Benzema withdrew due to injury.

Top 10 oldest squads in Qatar

CountryAverage age (years)
South Korea27.8

Data from Statista

Belgium house not in order

Sports Brief earlier reported that the Belgium dressing room is divided and members of the squad are reportedly taking issue with each other.

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There is a reported rift between Eden Hazard and Leandro Trossard, both of whom don't speak to each other, as well as strikers Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi.

The rift between Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne is of public knowledge, after an alleged row involving KDB's ex-girlfriend and cheating accusations.