Thibaut Courtois promises future is at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is convinced his future is at Stamford Bridge and he expects to replace Peter Cech as number one at the club within the next two years.
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Belgian international Courtois was signed from Genk in an £8million deal two years ago but has yet to play a single game in a Chelsea shirt. He has, however, enjoyed plenty of first-team football while on loan at Atletico Madrid for the past two seasons.
The 20-year-old’s form in La Liga this season, coupled with the fact that Cech has signed a new long-term deal with Chelsea, has resulted in talk of a permanent move to Atletico Madrid and a £10million switch to Barcelona.
The significance of a permanent switch to Atletico Madrid was that Courtois would be used a part of the bait to lure striker Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge, but the young goalkeeper does not expect to be leaving Chelsea any time soon.
When asked about the Falcao links, Courtois told the Evening Standard: “A lot of things the press say are nonsense. They are guessing. They know Chelsea want Falcao but Chelsea have told me, ‘the last thing we want to do is sell you’. Maybe they are lying to me but I don’t think so.
“It was strange joining Chelsea but when I signed for them I knew I would be loaned out to a team. They had a five-year plan for me. I only went to Chelsea to take my medical. I then went straight to Atletico and had a good year so I preferred to stay for another year.”
Courtois added: “Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and I think I am an up and coming young talent with the quality maybe also to play for Chelsea. They will continue with Cech for two more years, I believe.
“The problem is I think that Chelsea didn’t expect me to be at this level this soon. I’ve developed really quickly. It’s a very good situation for Chelsea.”
Courtois has been an integral part of the Atletico Madrid side that is on course to finish ahead of city rivals Real Madrid in La Liga this season in the runners-up spot behind Barcelona.