Following Thibait Courtois and Jose Mourinho’s recent comments a side story has begun with Atletico Madrid director Clemente Villaverde having his say.
The Chelsea boss has recently kept quiet on reported interest in Atletico’s players – yet felt obliged to remind the Rojiblancos that Courtois is his player – and that he won’t be returning to Madrid next season.
Those comments sparked a reaction from the Belgian shot-stopper. The 21-year-old has been a regular at Atletico Madrid for more than two years – therefore advising Mourinho to offer him a solution should he not become Chelsea’s number one next season.
What might have been suggested by Mourinho’s comments is that Atletico Madrid wouldn’t be able to afford the youngster even if Chelsea wished to sell – however the Portuguese is more likely to want a goalkeeping scenario which he experienced with Real Madrid.
Los Blancos rotated both Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez in domestic and European matches to keep both men on their toes – yet after a while Iker Casillas became disillusioned with not playing every game and the same could happen at Chelsea.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid’s director responded to Mourinho’s declaration by saying:
“I don’t know why he said it. I am only responsible for what I say. And when we talk about players, I negotiate with the club, not with the coach”.
Spanish paper AS go on to suggest the likelihood of Chelsea giving Courtois a huge price tag - yet the La Liga title-challengers will make an economic effort to return him to Madrid as they see him as a key cog of the side which has brought undeniable success over the last three years.