Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wanted Atletico return, says Thibaut Courtois

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says Jose Mourinho wanted the Belgian to return on loan to the Spanish capital

Petr Cech
Petr Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 Photo: The Sport Review

Thibaut Courtois has revealed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wanted the Belgian to return to Atletico Madrid on loan.

The 21-year-old has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s best up-and-coming young goalkeepers after back-to-back season-long loans at the La Liga side.

Courtois, who won the Copa del Rey last season, was expected to challenge Chelsea number one Petr Cech for a starting spot at the west London side this term.

However, the Belgium international returned to Madrid on a temporary basis, and Courtois revealed the Blues manager wanted the youngster to gain more experience.

“The club [Chelsea] and Mourinho wanted me to return for this season,” Courtois told DH.be.

“The management also considered sending me out on loan for a season at another Premier League club. But I didn’t fancy that option: I feel good in Madrid and I wanted to play in the Champions League with Atletico.”

Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, added that he is not fazed by the prospect of competing with Cech for the number one spot at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m not afraid of fighting for my place with Cech. I’m not afraid of anyone,” Courtois added.

“I have faith in my ability and I know that Mourinho doesn’t let a player’s status affect his selection decisions.

“The proof is that he left [Iker] Casillas on the bench because he thought Diego Lopez was training better.

“Going back to Chelsea would have been a gamble. I could have played, and that would have been perfect. But I also might not have played and could have risked losing my place in the Belgium team. With the World Cup coming up, that would have been a risk.”

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