Atletico Madrid are confident that they can reach a deal to keep Thibaut Courtois on loan from Chelsea for a fourth successive season.
The Belgian stopper signed for the Blues in 2011, but is yet to play a single competitive game for the London club after being immediately sent to the Spanish capital.
Courtois has emerged as one of Europe’s best young goalkeepers with Atletico, winning the UEFA Super Cup, the Europa League and the Copa del Rey in his three campaigns at the club.
This has led to talk that Jose Mourinho is ready to recall the stopper for the start of 2014/15.
But Atletico’s sporting director, Jose Caminero, believes that an arrangement will be reached with Chelsea:
“Courtois, we have a very good relationship with Chelsea and will reach an agreement that will be good for Chelsea, for the boy and for Atletico Madrid.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
Courtois is set to be offered a fresh deal at Stamford Bridge worth around £175,000-per-week, with the club keen to tie him down until at least 2018.
He is seen as the eventual heir to Petr Cech, who is still thought of as a capable glovesman after making the PFA Team of the Year.
The 21-year-old may be sent back to Atletico to continue to develop at the highest level, and could even form a part of a deal to take in-form striker Diego Costa in the opposite direction.