‘Is he a star player?’: Thibaut Courtois SAVAGES Anthony Martial after Belgium team-mate Jan Vertonghen mentions Manchester United and France striker as one of several high-profile players to miss out on playing at Euro 2020
- Thibaut Courtois was asked to name star players who had missed Euro 2020
- The goalkeeper could only name former Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos
- Jan Vertonghen then reeled off names such as Erling Haaland and Virgil van Dijk
- He also said Anthony Martial, which led Courtois to say his savage response
Thibaut Courtois savagely questioned whether Anthony Martial is a ‘star player’ after the Manchester United and France striker was suggested as one by his Belgium team-mate Jan Vertonghen.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper and former Tottenham centre-back were asked to name the biggest stars to miss out on Euro 2020 in an interview which they conducted by themselves on Pickx Sports.
Courtois, 29, could only name his former club team-mate Sergio Ramos, who was left out of Luis Enrique’s Spain squad after a disrupted second half of the season due to injuries and coronavirus.
Thibaut Courtois (R) savagely questioned whether Anthony Martial (L) is a ‘star player’
Courtois was to name the biggest stars to miss out on Euro 2020, with Jan Vertonghen (right) mentioning Martial’s name
The former Chelsea shotstopper then laughed after struggling to name anyone after the new Paris Saint-Germain defender, leaving a bemused Vertonghen to interject and suggest some other players.
The 34-year-old then reeled off a list of names including Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, his Barcelona counterpart Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the German’s club team-mate Miralem Pjanic and Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
The Benfica defender also mentioned four forwards, Borussia Dortmund and Norway star Erling Haaland, Everton and Italy’s Moise Kean, former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as well as Martial.
Courtois could only name his former Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos for the question
Courtois then interrupted, savagely stating: ‘Martial? Is he a star player?’
After Courtois shrugged his shoulders once more, the Belgian duo chuckled to themselves as they appeared to poke fun at the 25-year-old United striker.
Martial’s time at Old Trafford has been hampered by inconsistency since his £36million move from Monaco nearly six years ago.
The Frenchman managed just four Premier League goals and seven across all competitions for United last season before a ruptured knee ligament suffered on international duty in March brought the curtain down on his campaign.
Vertonghen also mentioned Norway striker Erling Haaland (L) and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk (R)
He will face extra competition for places in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forward line next season, with Jadon Sancho all set to arrive after England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday after a £73m deal was agreed with Borussia Dortmund.
Vertonghen and Courtois meanwhile did feature for their country at Euro 2020 but were unable to match their 2018 World Cup achievement when they reached the semi-finals.
The Red Devils were knocked out by Roberto Mancini’s men in the quarter-finals in Munich, with Romelu Lukaku’s penalty not enough to overturn goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne which had put the Azzurri in charge.
Martial scored just four Premier League goals and seven in all competitions for United last term
Courtois and Vertonghen were knocked out in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 by Italy