On-loan Atletico Madrid star Thibaut Courtois concedes his future will only be decided when parent club Chelsea find a permanent boss.
The 21-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at the Vicente Calderon, succeeding David De Gea who moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2011.
He has impressed many following a series of eye-catching performances, including most recently in last Friday’s dramatic Copa del Rey win over city rivals Real.
His displays have put him in contention to pick up the Zamora Trophy, which is awarded to the goalkeeper in La Liga who has the lowest goals-conceded-per-game ratio.
Atletico are understandably keen to tie up yet another loan deal for Courtois, who signed for Chelsea from Genk in July 2011 – just weeks before he was farmed out to Madrid.
However, with Chelsea yet to appoint a new manager following the departure of interim boss Rafa Benitez, the Belgian admits he is currently in limbo.
He admits he would relish the chance to play regular football at Stamford Bridge but accepts that decision is not currently in his hands.
“If the new manager says, ‘I want Courtois as my first choice’, that is how it will be,” he told The Independent.
“But Petr Cech is a world-class goalkeeper who plays every game at such a high level.
“Chelsea have always been very fair with me and they are also smart people and they know that I need to play.
“I don’t know where that will be but I do know I have proved myself in the two years I have been here [in Madrid].”
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