Thibaut Courtois faces wait to discover Chelsea future as Atletico Madrid prepare for Champions League final following La Liga triumph
Courtois admits he does not know what his future holds but claims he is focused on the Lisbon final this weekend before deciding his future
Monday 19 May 2014
Thibaut Courtois is yet to discover what the future holds for him as he waits to find out what plans Chelsea have for him, but confirmed he wants regular football next season.
The Belgium goalkeeper is yet to make a first team appearance for the Blues, having been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons, but there are ever-growing calls for him to return to play at Stamford Bridge next season.
Courtois has garnered a reputation as one of the world's best keepers during his time in Spain and recently was part of the side which won the Primera Division title in dramatic fashion.
Courtois was for some time considered to be well below Petr Cech in the pecking order for first team football at Chelsea, but he is now considered by many to be better than Chelsea No. 1, himself a very fine goalkeeper.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho faces a real dilemma in picking between a loyal servant with arguably some of his best years ahead of him and potentially the club's next star goalkeeper.
However Mourinho has said that he has made his mind up about Courtois and will announce the decision soon, although the keeper has said he currently has no idea where he will be next season.
Talking to the Guardian he said: "It's a great feeling to be champion of Spain. I am not sure yet what happens next season.
"We have the Champions League final [on Saturday] and then the World Cup, so now is not the time to think of the future. I have two years contract [left] with Chelsea, so we will see.
"If I move somewhere, I will play. With my age, what I want, the most important thing for me, is to play.
"We will see what happens. But Petr is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he won the golden glove in the Premier League, and I have a lot of respect for him, so we will see what Chelsea decide and what they plan to do. You guys will see the decision [then]."
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