Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he wants guarantees of first-team football to stay with the Blues.

The Belgian stopper signed for the London side in 2011, but is yet to make a single appearance for the club.

Upon penning a contract at Stamford Bridge, the 21-year-old was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid and has remained in Spain ever since.

His fine La Liga displays have led to speculation that Barcelona see him as the ideal replacement for Victor Valdes, who is set to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

However, Chelsea are thought to be keen to keep him, and see him as an eventual successor to Petr Cech.

But, Courtois says that he wants a spot in the starting XI now, not in the future.

“I want to play, I will not be sitting on the bench,” he told The Metro.

“At Atletico I feel great and being here allows me to play in the Champions League. I’ve grown a lot at Atletico, especially last season when we won the European Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

“I’ve made great progress, especially in terms of speed, reflexes and experience. I am in my best form and I feel like I am among the five best goalkeepers in the world.”

Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of Cech, who is firmly established as his number one.

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