Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has responded to links suggesting that he had a future deal confirmed with Real Madrid.
Stories had originated from the Spanish press over the last couple of days suggesting that Real Madrid have an agreement with Chelsea to sign talented shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois in the summer of 2016.
The baseless rumour was broadcasted through a television show, and caused somewhat of a frenzy in the footballing world.
Early on Monday, the Belgian international’s father made a public statement rubbishing the rumours, and believed that they had only come about in order to heap more pressure on Atletico Madrid’s faltering title challenge.
According to Spanish paper AS, the 21-year-old Chelsea loanee felt the need to put the record straight himself, assuring both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid fans that any deal with Real Madrid is totally false.
He said: “It’s totally false. I haven’t been able to say anything like this to Miguel Angel Gil [the rumour recipient] because it’s not true.”
“The whole world knows that I have a contract with Chelsea and that I am very happy in Atletico.”
The Belgian number one – who recently completed his 100th La Liga with Atletico Madrid - looks set to return to Stamford Bridge and challenge number one Petr Cech.
Boss Jose Mourinho knows the potential that he possesses, and only an absurd amount of money would tempt the Premier League leaders to let him go – an amount which unfortunately for Atletico Madrid seems very much beyond them.
Will Thibaut Courtois become Chelsea’s number one next season?
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