Chelsea transfers: I’m one of the world’s top five, claims Courtois

Thibaut Courtois tells Jose Mourinho that he does not intend to return to Chelsea unless he is guaranteed regular first-team action

Thibaut Courtois has warned Jose Mourinho that he does not intend to return to Chelsea unless he is guaranteed regular first-team action.

The Belgian goalkeeper joined the west Londoners from Genk back in 2011 but has yet to feature for the Premier League side after being loaned out to Atletico Madrid.

The 21-year-old has established himself as a mainstay of Diego Simeone’s side in Spain, helping the club win the Europa League, Copa del Rey and Uefa Super Cup.

And the shot-stopper, whose loan is set to expire at the end of the season, insists he has no plans to play second fiddle to another goalkeeper, with Petr Cech the long-term first choice at Stamford Bridge.

“I want to play, I will not be sitting on the bench,” said Courtois.

“At Atletico I feel great and being here allows me to play in the Champions League.

“I’ve grown a lot at Atletico, especially last season when we won the European Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

“I’ve made great progress, especially in terms of speed, reflexes and experience. I am in my best form and I feel like I am among the five best goalkeepers in the world.”

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