Chelsea boss hits out at transfer speculation

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that the club are under no pressure regarding the future of Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian stopper’s future has been the subject of much speculation of late, with Barcelona thought to be lining him up as a long-term replacement for Victor Valdes.

Courtois is yet to make an appearance for the Blues, despite penning a contract with the club in 2011.

Upon his arrival in London, the 21-year-old was immediately sent to Atletico Madrid on loan, and has remained there ever since.

He has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, but a lack of certainty surrounding a first-team spot due to the presence of Petr Cech has led to rumours that the youngster is ready to leave.

However, Mourinho says that there is no pressure to sell Courtois and that he is in full control of the situation:

“We control the situation. Not Barcelona. Not Atletico. Not another team that can be interested in one of our goalkeepers.” He is quoted by The Express.

“We don’t have a problem. Teams with a problem are teams without good goalkeepers.”

Courtois is desperate to play regularly, but knows that as long as Cech is a Chelsea player his chances are slim.

Barca re thought to be ready to offer the stopper number one status and the chance of competing for silverware.

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