Atletico president: Chelsea’s shot-stopper is the best in the world

Thibaut Coutois

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo claims that the whole world recognises Belgian number one Thibaut Courtois as the best in the business.

Speaking ahead of the Madrid derby this weekend, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo answered questions in an interview for Spanish press AS on the weekly hot topics.

Naturally, high on the agenda was the Madrid derby, Spain’s unfairly distributed television deals, Diego Costa’s future and Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois.

There is no doubt that Courtois’ future and the rumours surrounding it are set to continue well into the summer, as it appears he could become the objective of a three-way battle for his long-term services.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has publically announced that the Belgian is to return to Stamford Bridge this summer. However, with Courtois’ presumably unwilling to participate as a number two, in his own words, his Portuguese boss must find him a practical solution.

Real Madrid are the latest side to show an interest, as they are possibly looking at a future without their ‘institution’ Iker Casillas.

Since the beginning of their second Galactico era under president Florentino Perez, they have courted the best players in the world – and Courtois fits the agenda.

Is the 21-year-old the best shot-stopper in the world right now? His 12 clean sheets in 25 La Liga appearances would go some way to suggesting he is.

When asked about the Belgian international, Enrique Cerezo blamed Real Madrid for talking about their players just days before the crucial derby, but could understand all the rumours - demonstrating that they are proof of Courtois’ ability.

He said: “I don’t know what’s wrong with Madrid that whenever we face them a problem arises regarding one of our players… Falcao, Torres…”

“Courtois has a contract until the end of the season. I’m not talking about harassment but coincidences.”

“He is a Chelsea player and logically the Blues will want to take him now that they think what the whole world thinks; including Madrid, that he is the best goalkeeper in the world.”

What Chelsea decide to do regarding their young shot-stopper remains to be seen. Luckily for the Blues, there doesn’t appear to be a losing situation.

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