THIBAUT COURTOIS should stop complaining about the number of games in the top football calendar.
Former Dutch ace Rafael van der Vaart ticked the Belgian goalkeeper after announcing the need for a play-off for third place in the Nations League.
The 29-year-old Real Madrid defender accused Europe’s top football authority of putting the profit above the well-being of the players.
Van der Vaart, who has played 109 caps for the Netherlands, however, dismissed the former Chelsea star’s argument.
While appearing on the Dutch sports program Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, the 38-year-old former Tottenham playmaker said: “I think it’s silly.
“You have six months of vacation. You only play football, a club pays you a lot of money, of course, the game plan is very full, but we’ve all experienced that.
“Competitions are the most fun. You moan. “
Courtois refused to give in in the run-up to the game for third place in the Nations League, in which Belgium was beaten 2-1 against Italy.
And the Bernabeu star, who played 14 international matches between 2020 and 2021, said the players would be treated like “robots” within the current line-up.
Courtois, who played 61 times last season, told Sky Sports: “Next year we have a World Cup in November, we have to play again by the end of June.
“We’re getting hurt. Nobody cares about the players anymore. If we never say anything, it will always be the same.
“In the end, top players get injured and injured and injured. We are not robots.
“For us it’s just more and more games and less rest.
“This game is only a money game and we have to be honest. We just play it because it’s extra money for Uefa. “
And the Madrid goalkeeper told the Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad: “We’re playing for free.
“Third or fourth place in the Nations League is not interesting for anyone.”
Courtois is one of the sports figures who have criticized new Uefa competitions such as the Nations League and the European Conference as well as Fifa’s unpopular proposals for biennial World Cup and European Championship tournaments.
And his views on the need for a third place play-off in the Nations League were shared by Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher, who called the game an “absolute waste of time”.
Van der Vaart fell short of Courtois’ remarks about the risk of player injury and fatigue.
And the former Spurs striker claimed the goalkeepers had little reason to point out the fatigue as the Dutchman suggests their performance involves “just standing there a bit”.