Thibaut Courtois in the wake of Belgium’s knockout victory over Japan has fuelled the transfer rumour mills by suggesting his future could be up for discussion once the tournament concludes for Belgium.

The Independent today are carrying quotes that the Blues number one gave to Spanish media after the win that sent Belgium into the quarter finals;

Returning to Madrid? I am not going to speak about my future but after the World Cup I will see.”

But for me my children are very important, I have always said that, and they live there.”

I don’t only like Madrid, I also like London and they are two great cities. The difference is that my kids are in Madrid, and they have seen the game and they see their father and they want him to be close.”

That is not to say I’m going back, but for me my kids are very important and I will do something to see them more.”

Chelsea fans will likely but reluctantly accept that for family reasons their long-serving goalkeeper should be happy in and out of his career, and if that were to mean moving back to Madrid then so be it. However, fans will also be mindful that Thibaut Courtois only has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge – so now may be the time to cash-in big if Real Madrid are the club he wants.

Unsurprisingly Chelsea have in the last week or so been linked with goalkeepers such as Alisson at Roma and Kasper Schmeichel at Leicester City.

Having signed for Chelsea back in 2014 from Atletico Madrid, Courtois has to-date won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his time in west London.