'Annoying' Real Madrid have already made contact with Courtois - report

Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois is wanted by both Atletico and Real Madrid for next season.

Real Madrid may already have Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez in their side - but that has not stopped them reportedly keeping tabs on another.

And bad news Chelsea fans - because the player in question is Thibaut Courtois.

Courtois has yet to play for The Blues and is currently in his third season on loan at Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid.

He proved once again this week what an excellent keeper he is - denying AC Milan on numerous occasions in a stunning Champions League performance.

And with Petr Cech not looking like going anywhere fast - it seems Real have moved into pole position to snap him up.

Reports in As suggest that the Belgian international is a top target for Real president Florentino Perez - and his apparently good relationship with Jose Mourinho could facilitate such a move.

In fact the report from Javier Matallanas claims there has already been contact between the clubs over a potential deal:

A broker contacted directly with Courtois in recent weeks for his mouth if he wanted to play in Madrid next season.

Jose Mourinho has previously intimated he would not be willing to sell the keeper but Courtois appears open to an exit.

While he remains keen on becoming a regular fixture at Chelsea he refuses to play second fiddle for Petr Cech - especially as the Belgian has outperformed the Czech for the past 18 months.

Courtois is known to love living in Madrid - and the offer to play for Real would seriously tempt him into an exit from the club who has never once played him.

It would be a poor move however on Chelsea’s part.

Courtois is easily the best young goalkeeper in the world right now - and would become a legend at Stamford Bridge if given the opportunity.

But there is hope if these rumours prove true.

Courtois loves Los Colchoneros, and would not want to upset the fans at the Vicente Calderon by making a move to their biggest rivals.

Atletico are said to be hoping on an unprecedented fourth season on loan at the club - by which time Cech’s Chelsea career may have come to past and they find the intentions of Real ‘annoying’ - according to the report.

For Chelsea’s sake the latter will hopefully prove true over the former.

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