Thibaut Courtois may be a Chelsea player in name, but in truth he is anything but.
The Belgian goalkeeper signed for the Blues back in 2011, but he was soon shipped out to Spain where he has become one of the finest in his position in world football.
Atletico Madrid’s resurgence owes much to Courtois’ presence between the posts, and it now seems he could be remaining there for some time to come.
Many Chelsea fans feel the time is right to give Courtois the gloves ahead of Petr Cech. But given the older ‘keeper's continued good form others feel he should remain first-choice.
It is a tricky predicament for Jose Mourinho, who is in possession of two of the best stoppers in Europe. But the latest report from Spain suggests he may have found a solution that suits all parties.
Marca reports that Courtois may remain at Atletico for another two seasons – meaning he will have been in Spain for a total of five years and yet still belong to Chelsea.
The report adds that the Belgian will be offered a new deal at Chelsea that runs until 2019, which gives Courtois the chance to continue his development and Cech two more years as the Blues’ custodian of the gloves.
In truth it makes perfect sense, given that Courtois is 10 years Cech’s junior but that, for now, both men are deserving of starting-spots.