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Courtois wants Atlético stay

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By David Redshaw

Wednesday 07 March 2012

On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has insisted he wants to remain an Atlético Madrid player next season rather than return to his parent club Chelsea, reports AS.

The 19-year-old, who stands 6ft 6in tall, joined the Londoners in July, 2011 for €9m from Belgian side Genk and was immediately loaned out to Atleti as replacement for the departed David de Gea. Since then he has earned rave reviews between the sticks at the Vicente Calderón, with the Spaniards understood to be willing to extend his stay and the player himself indicating he would be happy to do so.

“Chelsea know I want to stay with Atlético but the decision is theirs,” he told a Press conference. “At the moment I don’t know anything so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I think they are going to agree for me to continue here because they know I am enjoying it.”

The sacking of Andre Villas-Boas by the English club could weigh in Courtois’ favour in his desire to remain in Spain, although it would all depend on who takes over at Stamford Bridge. Asked if he thought José Mourinho was a possible replacement the Belgian international was non-committal.

“I am here and I don’t know what is happening at Chelsea,” he replied. “For me it is more important what happens at Atleti. With Villas-Boas or anybody else, what I know is that I want to stay here.”

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