Atletico Madrid set deadline over possible acquisition of Chelsea star

Thibaut Coutois

Atletico Madrid are reportedly prepared to wait until July in their bid to re-sign Chelsea star Thibait Courtois on loan.

Atletico Madrid’s on loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has caused quite a stir between the La Liga winners and parent club Chelsea, with a Spanish newspaper suggesting Atletico will wait until the end of this month before finding a replacement.

The two clubs reportedly had an excellent working relationship previously, but the Champions League semi-final clash is said to have changed everything.

Belgian international shot-stopper Courtois has been on loan with Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons, gaining confidence and becoming one of Europe’s top goalkeepers today.

In an ideal situation, the 22-year-old would return to Stamford Bridge and be named Chelsea number one ahead of next season. Petr Cech, however, remains at the top of his game and Courtois has no guarantees of a first-team spot.

Unfortunately for the youngster, his dilemma appears out of his hands as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants him at the Blues next year regardless of his playing prospects.

The Portuguese boss’ firm stance has also left Atletico Madrid in a difficult situation, yet despite signing fellow goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya from Getafe, Los Rojiblancos still haven’t given up on Thibaut Courtois.

According the Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid are clinging on to the news that Chelsea have renewed the contract of Jamal Blackman and that Australian international Mark Schwarzer is expected to re-sign with the club.

Moreover, Petr Cech’s reported progression from his injury has also given Diego Simeone’s men hope, and by some miracle, the Vicente Calderon outfit still believe a deal can be brokered.

The paper go on to say that the club are contemplating holding out a little longer, and that a deadline of July has been earmarked as the time for this longwinded saga to be finally decided.

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