The Atletico Madrid loanee is considering his options
and does not want to return to Chelsea only to find
himself sat behind Petr Cech in the goalkeeping pecking
By Kris Voakes in Mogi das Cruzes
Thibaut Courtois has insisted that wherever he plays his
club football next season, he must be the first-choice
The Chelsea shot-stopper has spent the last three
seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, and his performances
for the Spanish champions and Champions League runners-
up have left the Londoners in a quandary over whether to
recall Courtois or stick with current number one Petr Cech.
But the Belgium keeper, speaking at his national side’s World
Cup training camp, told reporters he would not want to
return to Stamford Bridge only to find himself left on the
“I think with my age and the performances I have had, I want
to play,” said Courtois. “To be on the bench is not the nicest
"But I will decide after the World Cup, I think. Everything will
then be clear.”
The 22-year-old added that he has not spoken to Chelsea
boss Jose Mourinho since becoming a La Liga winner with
“I spoke to him in May, before the game against Barcelona.
That week, he discussed with me what he thinks about me
and about everything. That is it.”
The title win in Spain and the World Cup mean these are
exciting times for the Genk youth product, and he admitted
that he has never experienced such highs.
“Yes, [these are the best days of my career]. In this
moment, I am still young. I have had four incredible seasons
already, one with my team in Belgium and three with Atletico,
so I can be very happy.
“Last season, to be a champion in Spain and play in the final
of the Champions League was great. To be here now for a
World Cup is amazing. Hopefully we can achieve some nice
Belgium begin their Group H campaign against Algeria in Belo
Horizonte on Tuesday, with Courtois set to line up in goal for
Marc Wilmots’ side.