Thibaut Courtois has made it clear that he is not willing to return to Chelsea to be Petr Cech’s number two.

The 22-year-old Belgian goalkeeper has sent the last three seasons away from the Blues on loan with Atletico Madrid, where he has carved out a reputation as one of the world’s best young stoppers.

After helping the Rojiblancos to La Liga success and the Champions League Final last term, speculation has suggested that he will be at Stamford Bridge next term, with Jose Mourinho keen to give him a chance.

Yet with Cech firmly embedded as the first choice ‘keeper at the club, it is unclear as to who will start, or whether or not Courtois will actually be sent for a fourth successive loan spell at Atleti.

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Now the glovesman has revealed that he is not keen on heading back to his parent club if he is to be on the bench:

“I will make a decision after the World Cup and then everything will be clear.” He tis quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“I spoke with him [Mourinho] in May, before the game against Barcelona. He discussed what he thinks about me and everything.

“With my age and the performances I’ve had, I want to play. To be on the bench is not the nicest thing.”

What do you think?

Courtois must be Chelsea No. 1