Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he will extend his loan deal at Atletico Madrid.
The Chelsea youngster is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Blues, despite signing with them in 2011 from Genk.
Upon his arrival at the London club he was immediately loaned out to Atletico, for whom he has impressed during two seasons at the Vicente Calderon.
Speculation had suggested that he could return to Stamford Bridge this summer, however the 21-year-old says that he will be staying in the Spanish capital, but that he could return to England in the not too distant future:
“I’ve chosen to stay at Atletico. I have to continue playing and at Chelsea there’s (Petr) Cech who has always been a great goalkeeper.” He is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“At Atletico I’m sure I can play and I can continue to be the first-choice keeper of the Red Devils (Belgium).
“In the course of the season, we will see if I return to London.”
Chelsea are believed to see Courtois as the long-term successor to Petr Cech, and are keen for him to play regular first-team football in order to develop.
Atletico’s qualification for the Champions League is another factor the deal, with the Londoners aware that performing at the very highest level will keep the Belgian’s progress steady.
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