Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has opened up on his critics over his performances since joining from Chelsea.

The Belgium international moved to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer on a £35m deal.

The shot-stopper has struggled to make his mark at the European champions but has shone in the goalless Madrid derby against city rivals Atletico on Saturday.

“I’m not bad with my feet,” he said.

“I may not be among the best, but I’m certainly not bad either. Sometimes I miss a long ball but I dare to play with my feet.”

“The last ball on which [Nikola] Kalinic put pressure was given to [Raphael] Varane with my right.”

“Many goalkeepers would have cleared that ball.”

“Sometimes I give a bad ball, yes, but I know more goalkeepers who are, so to speak, phenomenal with their feet making more mistakes than me.”

“I’m just doing what I have to do, and that’s the most important thing.”

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Real Madrid back in action tonight as they face CSKA Moscow in their second Champions League match in the group stage.

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