Thibaut Courtois has revealed he is eager to hold talks with Chelsea about his long-term future before the next summer’s World Cup finals. The 21-year-old is currently in his third-season loan at Atletico Madrid, during which time the Belgian stopper has emerged as one of the best young goalkeepers in world football, helping put Atletico right in the mix with the Betfair odds in this season’s La Liga title race.
After arriving at Chelsea from Genk in 2011 on a five-year deal, the youngster has not yet played a game for the London giants, spending the past three seasons in Spain with La Liga. But while the Belgium international is still yet to turn out for Chelsea, the Premier League side have confirmed they are looking at extending Courtois’ current contract at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Chelsea’s determination to keep hold of Courtois, the keeper has made no secret over the fact he isn’t open to playing back-up to current Blues No 1, Petr Cech. With the two Betfair.com favourites for this year’s La Liga title, Barcelona and Real Madrid, reportedly keen on securing Courtois’ services, the youngster has now admitted he will be holding talks over his future with Chelsea before the end of the season.
Speaking after winning the Spanish Goalkeeper of the Year award, Courtois admitted: “I don’t know where I will be playing next season.”
“In a short time, I will discuss my future with Chelsea and I want to know their plans. After those discussions, I will decide what will be the best option for me.”
Chelsea are clearly desperate to hang onto Courtois, and with good reason. While the 21-year old has improved year after year during his three seasons in Spain, Cech has shown he may not be the same player he was a couple of years ago. The 31-year old is still one of the best keepers in the Premier League, but he may no longer be the best keeper on the Chelsea books and next year could well see a changing of the guard if Courtois remains at the club.