Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has moved to quash rumours that Thibaut Courtois will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The Belgian stopper is yet to make an appearance for the Blues, but has been in excellent form during an extended loan spell in Spain with Atletico Madrid.
His outstanding displays have led to consistent calls to bring him back to London, but the 21-year-old has expressed reservations about doing so.
Courtois is desperate to play regularly, and is keen to be guaranteed a spot ahead of Petr Cech, who is known to be a favourite of Mourinho.
This has alerted Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid, leading to talk of a big exit in under six months’ time.
However ‘The Special One’ has played down such talk, insisting that Courtois will not be loaned out again and should be safe in the knowledge that he is valued by Chelsea:
“I believe so, I don’t think he will be loaned out,” He responded when asked by Sky Sports as to whether Courtois will be staying.
“We don’t struggle to keep him because he has two more years on his contract. I don’t need to give any assurances to any player.
“A player that has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea. Chelsea has Petr Cech, Courtois and Schwarzer. We are in a good condition.”