Thibaut Courtois has told Spanish outlet El Larguero – as per Goal – that he hopes Gareth Bale can shine at Tottenham Hotspur over the course of the next season, but could not help and have a dig at Spurs given his prior Chelsea connections.
Courtois, 28, spent seven years on the books at Chelsea before joining Real Madrid in 2018 – clocking up 152 appearances for the West Londoners. Chelsea and Tottenham, meanwhile, have a big rivalry heightened by the Battle of Bridge.
His Real Madrid teammate Bale rejoined Tottenham on loan earlier this summer, seven years after leaving Spurs. Bale, 31, has an option for a second season-long loan during 2021-22, which would take him to the end of his Real contract.
Speaking on Bale’s move to Tottenham, Courtois did not comment on his relationship with Zinedine Zidane but wished the 83-time Wales international all the best – before having a dig at Spurs, claiming he is not playing for the best London team.
“What Bale talked about with the coach is personal,” Courtois said. “I had a good relationship with Gareth and I wish him the best of luck, even if he’s not playing for the best London team. He is a great player.”
Former Southampton man Bale could be in line to make his second Tottenham debut on Sunday afternoon when Spurs play host to West Ham United. Spurs will be hoping to keep up the momentum following a 6-1 win over Manchester United.
A place on the bench is more likely for Bale, before Tottenham begin their Europa League group stage clash against Austrian side LASK next Thursday – a game which could be perfect for Bale to return to the Tottenham starting line-up.