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Arrival of Courtois ignites fight in Real Madrid goal

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AP, Madrid :
Real Madrid will start the season with something it hasn't had in years: Competition over who will start in goal.
Thibaut Courtois was introduced by Madrid on Thursday, setting up a rivalry with Keylor Navas, the Spanish team's goalkeeper when it won the last three Champions League titles.
Despite often being criticized, Navas hasn't had to seriously compete for the starting position in goal since taking over from club idol Iker Casillas, who was the team's main 'keeper for more than a decade until leaving for Porto in 2015.
The last time the position was competitive came after Casillas got injured in 2013 and lost his position to Diego Lopez, who remained as the starter for some time after Casillas recovered.
The 26-year-old Courtois arrived from Chelsea touted as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, finishing third with Belgium at the World Cup where he won the Golden Glove award as the tournament's best goalkeeper.

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