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Alderweireld and Courtois had a meeting with Mariano Rajoy and Van Rompuy

Our Belgian players wanted to personally greet fellow Belgium the President of the European Council who was awarded honorary doctorate by the Universidad San Pablo CEU and attended by Mariano Rajoy as host.

Thibaut Courtois and Toby Alderweireld enjoyed an interesting meeting with Mariano Rajoy President of the Spanish Government and their compatriot Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, during the latter's investiture as Honorary Doctor of the University San Pablo CEU. The two Belgian players greeted Spaian president, who served as host at the inauguration at the ceremony held at the headquarters of Montepríncipe. Rajoy approached both Belgian and internationals and chatted a few minutes with them.

At one point in the conversation the president showed them on his mobile phone a photo of his son wearing the red and whites of Atletico. The players responded to the president telling him they knew his youngest son was an Atletico fan and handed him a shirt with his name on the back from the entire first team, coaching staff and board of the club. Mariano Rajoy appreciated the gesture from the players and promised to deliver to his son: "He'll be excited, I'm sure, thank you very much."

Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Jose Ignacio Wert also wanted to say hello to both players, especially the goalie, with whom he recently met at the gala of the Football League when Thibaut was proclaimed best goalkeeper in 2012-13.

Alderweireld Courtois had a private meeting with compatriot Herman Van Rompuy and his wife Geertrudi Windels. The President of the European Council was interested in how the two players were adapting to Spain and learning the language. Courtois, who faces his third year in our country, assured Rompuy that he feels at home while Alderweireld told him that he is slowly starting to learn our language and cope better with Spanish. The President of the European Council did not miss the opportunity to congratulate them on their great season and for the brilliant World Cup qualifying campaign for Brazil. Both players wanted to reciprocate by giving him a t-shirt with his name on the back.