'I will speak with Mourinho and the Chelsea board at the end of the season'

Thibaut Coutois

Thibaut Courtois has been answering new questions on his future.

Perhaps this is just how it is for a loanee. However well he is doing, Thibaut Courtois finds his situation racked wih uncertainty.

It's a testament to the good job he is doing, that clubs are vying for his services, and the silence from Chelsea regarding his future opens up the situation to speculation.

The Atletico Madrid loanee is clear about wanting to play regular football next season, so Chelsea are reluctant to put Petr Cech in a position by promising him it at this stage, in the midst of their own title battle.

Courtois was forced to deny links with Real Madrid this week, rumours his father claimed were initiated to de-stabilise Atletico, but it certainly did not appear to work in last night's Champions League victory over AC Milan.

Speaking after the 4-1 win, in which Diego Costa notched twice, Courtois was inevitably quizzed on his future, replying it lies not up to him - but those in power at Chelsea.

He told SkySports: "At this moment it's not clear. I have a contract with Chelsea for three years so I am a Chelsea player no problem, now I focus with Atletico who I have a contract with until the end of this season.

"Then we will see with Mourinho, with the board of Chelsea. I have a contract there so there's no problem for me."

As far as he is concerned, Courtois is quite happy whether he is at Atletico or Chelsea - clearly so long as he is playing.

Chelsea do have a decision to make, but know that if they loan him - it will be the fourth year they have done so.

Courtois has always been well treated by the Blues, who hold him in high enough regard not to want to upset him by holding him back and risking him wanting out.

They saw how it backfired with Kevin de Bruyne, bringing back a player who is not first choice who feels he should be, and they will likely tread even more carefully with his international teammate Courtois, who can be the replacement they need for Cech - They just need to decide if the end of the season is the right time to make the switch.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch