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Super agent quizzed on transfer of Chelsea star to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have not given up on trying to sign Thibaut Courtois, but the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's agent batted off advances.

Real Madrid have a tangled goalkeeping situation at present, with Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez and Keylor Navas vying for first team spots.

Yet long term, the club are still said to harbour an aspiration to sign Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois, a La Liga winner with rivals Atletico last season.

Madrid president Florentino Perez met with super agent Jorge Mendes on Monday, with Angel di Maria a top topic of discussion.

Yet Spanish newspaper El Confidencial report that Thibaut Courtois was high on the agenda, from a Madrid perspective at least.

The paper report that Perez broached the subject of the Belgian with Mendes, who does not represent Courtois, but Jose Mourinho instead.

Perez even reportedly went as far as to offer Chelsea the chance to sign Diego Lopez, as has been rumoured, but knows Iker Casillas must be moved on too.

Mendes is not said to have invited or accepted any advances, simply stating that Courtois is key in Jose Mourinho's plans for now.

What it does suggest, is that if Courtois struggles to hold down a first team place this season from Petr Cech, and agitates for a move, Madrid will make a move.

His international Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have taken the route out of Chelsea after getting frustrated, and much depends on a pivotal 2014/15 for Courtois.

With Navas signed and the situation with the two Spaniards in flux, there is no chance of Courtois moving this year, especially with Chelsea keen to try and work him into their team this year.

Yet long-term, the Spanish champions will not be shy about pressing the issue should any opening arise.

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