‘Mourinho wanted me back at Chelsea’

Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he had to convince Jose Mourinho against keeping him at Chelsea for next season.

The Belgian indicated over the weekend that Atletico Madrid will have him for a third consecutive year on loan from the London side.

Whilst no official announcement has come, the 21-year-old has reflected further on the deal and revealed his discussion with former Real Madrid and now returned Chelsea boss Mourinho.

“If it were up to him, he would have had me already for next season,” Courtois told Nieuwsblad today.

“I told him that this is a very important year for me. I want to remain as the first choice ‘keeper for Belgium in a year where we can go to the World Cup in Brazil.

“To do this I have to keep playing in a team at a high level because the competition for the national team is very hard.

“Chelsea have Petr Cech, who is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Mourinho would prefer to have all of his best goalkeepers with him.

“He would have liked that Petr and I were under his command next season at Chelsea and it is logical, but he has also understood my position.

“During the season we will see where my future is after this year, but that is still far away.

“Someday I would like to work with Mourinho, it was my desire when I signed for Chelsea a few years ago.”

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