In his third consecutive season on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, it is understandable that Thibaut Courtois has grown slightly detached from the west London side and been captivated by the Spanish outfit’s rise to prominence.
After Diego Simeone revealed earlier in the week that the capital city side want to bring the towering goalkeeper to the Vicente Calderon on a permanent basis, Courtois has spoken out about his intentions.
The loanee has stopped short of saying that he wants to move to La Liga permanently, but has admitted that his agent will approach Chelsea to gauge whether he is free to talk to other clubs.
When asked if he was aware just how much Atletico want him, Courtois acknowledges the situation but concedes that the ball is in the Premier League side’s court.
"I know this, but it depends on Chelsea and what they ask," Courtois told La Sexta.
"First, my agent is talking to Chelsea, to ask if I could talk to other clubs. Then we'll know a bit more. Atletico will wait for what Chelsea has to say.
"First, we want to hear from Chelsea what they are going to do and then we'll see."
Courtois has quickly emerged as one of the most talented young goalkeepers in the European game, and looks like an ideal replacement for the ageing Petr Cech.
However, with the Belgian playing elsewhere for so long and his contract running down, Jose Mourinho’s men are playing with fire if they want to keep him in the long run.
Despite Cech showing no visible signs of drops in performance, it feels like the west London club will need to make a major decision regarding Courtois one way or the other in the near future.
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