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Thibaut Courtois takes brutal swipe at Man Utd forward Anthony Martial

Thibaut Courtois had a brutal reply to Jan Vertonghen after he said Anthony Martial was an elite player.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper was having none of it when his Belgian teammate named the Manchester United star as one of several stars to miss out on the Euros this summer.

It comes as Belgium reflect on another missed opportunity to prove their ‘golden generation’ tag.

The Red Devils were knocked out of Euro 2020 by Italy in the quarter-finals after losing 2-1 to Italy, who take on England for the trophy this Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku had scored a half-time penalty but it was not enough after Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne had put the Azzurri in charge.

Thibaut Courtois and Jan Vertonghen interviewed one another on Pickx Sports

Nevertheless, Roberto Martinez has pledged to continue as Belgium manager while his selection choices had been affected by injuries.

But they were not the only country to have vital players missing and Courtois and Vertonghen were asked to name the biggest stars to miss out on the competition in an interview conducted by themselves on Pickx Sports.

The Real Madrid star could only name his former teammate Sergio Ramos, who was inexplicably left out of the Spain squad.

The goalkeeper then struggled to think, at which point Vertonghen intervened.

The Benfica defender rattled answers off, saying Erling Haaland, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Virgil van Dijk, Moise Kean, Miralem Pjanic and Martial.

Courtois then interrupted, savagely saying: “Martial? He is a star player?

Shrugging his shoulders, the duo then broke into laughter at the United star’s expense.

It has been a tough year for Martial, who will have to work hard to retain his spot in the Red Devils set-up next season with Jadon Sancho on the way.

The Frenchman joined from Monaco with high expectations following a huge transfer that could go as high as £60m.

Manchester United star Anthony Martial is more popular than six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in China
Manchester United star Anthony Martial has had a tough time recently

But his time at United has been blighted by inconsistency, scoring just four times in the Premier League last season as injuries toiled at the end of the campaign.

It saw Edinson Cavani become the central figure up front for the Red Devils where he has wowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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The impending arrival of Sancho will only add to Martial’s woes, with Marcus Rashford set to start and Mason Greenwood acting as back-up.

Real Madrid have been linked with the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window, as have Tottenham as they eye potential Harry Kane replacements.

But with both Courtois and Vertonghen prepared to laugh at him, whether Martial would like to sign for Los Blancos remains to be seen.




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