You may already have seen the quotes emanating from Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois today - suggesting that his future lay in the hands of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
Here is the bit most of us would have read in the news all day:
"We must wait, time will tell. This year I wanted to stay at Atletico because I wasn't sure if I would play at Chelsea. Besides, I was excited to play in the Champions League with Atletico and wanted to be a starter with a view towards the World Cup. But now everything depends on Chelsea. I had a conversation with Mourinho and decided it was best to stay here.’’
But if you continue reading his interview in Sportium, he says something that for me reveals quite a bit more about his current situation - and why Chelsea must tread carefully this summer, or risk losing probably the best young goalkeeper in the world.
He went on to say:
"I belong to Chelsea, but Atletico are the most important club of my life. I've got titles and prestige in a short time."
The language used is personally very revealing, he certainly doesn’t sound like a man raring to return to Stamford Bridge.
That is only natural, considering he has never played a game for The Blues - so the fact he simply feels like their possession is to be expected.
But it is also to be feared. A player who does not feel wanted, yet is now reportedly being courted by both the club he currently loves and the mighty Barcelona, with the guarantee of first-team football at both interested parties - he would be foolish not to consider turning his back on Chelsea.
It could be, that after three years of sending him out on loan, that they have alienated their bright starlet - the man supposed to take the goalkeeping reins from Petr Cech with ease - and could now risk losing him.
What do you make of Courtois’ comments? A fuss out of nothing or something to consider?
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