- Chelsea star Courtois discusses future plans amid talk of return to Spain
- Belgian international suggests he will return due to personal reasons
- It remains to be seen where he would leave Stamford Bridge for
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Although Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has stopped short of suggesting he’s looking for an exit, he has dropped a hint that he’ll leave eventually.
After impressing at Atletico Madrid in a three-year loan stint, during which he made 154 appearances for the La Liga outfit and won the league title, he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014.
Since returning to Chelsea, the 25-year-old has won two Premier League titles in three years, and continues to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe.
In turn, with everything seemingly in place for him to continue to be first choice and in with a chance of winning silverware every season, it wouldn’t appear as though he would want to move elsewhere.
However, with his current Chelsea contract set to expire in 2019, and as noted by the Evening Standard, with doubts over whether or not he’ll sign a new deal, it has led to question marks over his future at the club.
Further, both his children are being raised in Madrid, and so obviously it would make sense for him to want to be with them more regularly which is undoubtedly a major factor in his comments below.
In an interview with La Sexta, as reported by The Express, Courtois was questioned as to whether the delay over him signing a new Chelsea deal was due to him waiting for an offer from Real Madrid.
He replied: “No. I’m calm. I’m happy at Chelsea but I just want to wait because now there are many games and I prefer to have my head focused.
“Everybody knows that due to my personal situation Spain attracts me. If it is not now, it will be in a few years.”
In turn, it sounds as though if the right offer presents itself to convince Chelsea to sell and that suits Courtois and his demands, the Blues could be losing a key figure in their current line-up, which will be a real blow to Antonio Conte as a top-class replacement will need to be signed.