In 29 appearances in all competitions so far this season for both club and country, Chelsea and Belgium shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, has returned 58 saves - an average of two per game, a consistency matched by his haul of 109 from 54 games last season.
At 21-years of age, Courtois is lauded as a young goalkeeper with arguably the most promise in world football, but the player himself is eager to end his loan spells (his temporary stay at Atleti is now in it's third year) and enjoy a permanent tenure - preferably at Chelsea.
Since the closure of the summer window, Courtois has seen his name linked with Barcelona, to replace the potentially outgoing Victor Valdes, whose contract at Camp Nou expires in the summer, however, his father has moved to clarify the speculation, indicating that a transfer to Barcelona was never an option and that their primary ambition is to continue dialogue with their Stamford Bridge parent club over the glovesman's future.
Thierry Courtois is quoted by Het Nieuwsblad to have said: 'Thibaut is not disappointed that Barcelona have chosen another goalkeeper. It was never a real option. Thibaut still has a contract until the end of the season at Atletico.
'It is logical that there are talks with Chelsea about his future at this point. And that's what we are doing.'
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