Courtois’ Chelsea future could be decided before end of season

Thibaut Courtois and his father are due to meet with Chelsea next month, when a decision over the future of the goalkeeper could be made.

The Blues spent around £7million to sign the Belgian shot-stopper from Genk in 2011, yet he has spent the time since on loan at Atletico Madrid. And during his time in Spain, the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the finest in the business, with former team-mate Radamel Falcao evening claiming him to be the best in the world.

Courtois’ future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, as he is clearly too good to return to the club next season to simply sit on the bench and play understudy to Petr Cech. At the same time, Jose Mourinho is fully aware of how well the youngster is performing in La Liga, so would be reluctant to let him leave on a permanent basis.

The father of the goalkeeper has now revealed all parties are due to meet next month, when a decision on his future could be reached.

“We have a meeting with Chelsea and we will be talking about everything with them,” Thierry Courtois told the Daily Express. “It is too early to make a definite decision yet. We have to negotiate with Chelsea. Thibaut has been doing very well with Atletico but there are still three months of the season to go, and a lot can happen in that time.”

One possible option could be for Chelsea to agree to the permanent move of Courtois to Atletico, in exchange for one of their current stars. Forward Diego Costa, for example, has been linked with a move to the Premier League giants, whilst midfielder Koke is also believed to have played himself onto Mourinho’s radar in recent weeks.


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