Report - Barcelona sporting director pulled out of deal for Chelsea star

Controversial journalist Francois Gallardo says that Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta pulled out of a deal for Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois.

Belgian international Thibaut Courtois has enjoyed another fabulous season on loan at Atletico Madrid from Premier League side Chelsea.

The Blues’ star has spent the past three years in the Spanish capital, helping Diego Simeone’s men transform from a midtable side to an impressive unit chasing a La Liga and Champions League double.

The 22-year-old has been in such good form for his side this season that he has attracted the attentions of both Spain’s top clubs, as well as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss has hinted that it is time for Courtois to return to Stamford Bridge and challenge Petr Cech for the Chelsea number one jersey. However, a huge bid from Spain could certainly alter the young shot-stoppers future.

One club who were said to be keen is Atletico Madrid’s title rivals Barcelona. The Catalans are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper following the imminent departure of Victor Valdes, and Thibaut Courtois was seen as one of the possibilities to take over the Spanish international’s mantel.

Controversial journalist Francois Gallardo, however, has revealed on Chiringuito TV that Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zibizarreta pulled out of a deal to sign the Chelsea ace as he didn’t see his style working at the Nou Camp.

He said: “The player which was set for Barcelona and which Zibizarreta broke the deal is Thibaut Courtois.”

Fellow Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada also shared news on the deal, clarifying Francois Gallardo’s comments:

“Zubizarreta didn’t want Courtois because he said he wasn’t the goalkeeper for Barcelona. It is true what Francois says, Barcelona are instead interested in Keylor Navas."

The news may come as a relief for Chelsea fans as they witnessed first-hand during their Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid just how good Thibaut Courtois is.

With his debut World Cup just around the corner, it is the perfect platform to impress Jose Mourinho and force him into a definitive decision regarding his future.

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