Last week, reports claimed Atletico Madrid were in England to scout Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Given the fact that they currently have Thibaut Courtois on their books, their apparent interest in Krul led to one pretty emphatic conclusion: If the La Liga leaders were shopping around for new ‘keepers, their on-loan one could soon be heading back to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho certainly has a big decision to make this summer, with the Blues in possession of two of the best stoppers in Europe.
While Petr Cec is far from ready to hang up his gloves, Chelsea can only keep Courtois waiting for so long.
The gifted young Belgian is one of Europe’s best between the sticks, and according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, he could finally about to pull on a Chelsea jersey for the first time.
The broadsheet has published a number of Courtois stories in recent weeks, but the latest could be of particular interest to fans of the London club.
The report claims Courtois has told Atletico’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil that he wants to return to Chelsea.
The paper claims that the “decision is final” and that while the Spanish side are keen to keep the player on loan for another season, his mind has been made up.
If it proves to be true, it will be interesting to see how Mourinho juggles Cech and Courtois to keep them both happy. But having seen the Belgian international help Atletico knock the Blues out of Europe last week, perhaps his parent-club will know they cannot ignore his talents any longer.