Atletico want Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois on permanent deal

Atletico Madrid are keen to sign on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a permanent deal after the Belgium international has spent the last 18 months in La Liga, the Daily Mail has reported.

Chelsea signed Courtois in the summer of 2011 and immediately loaned him to the Madrid club, who were in the market for someone to replace Manchester United-bound David De Gea.

The 20-year-old has impressed in Spain, however, and after extending his loan last summer Atletico are keen to sign him up for a further year’s loan deal and would like to make the move permanent as well. The Mail describes Courtois as a “cult figure” at the club.

Chelsea sent goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon to watch Courtois play for Atleti against Real Betis recently and intend to speak with the former Genk player about his future.

The newspaper claims Courtois would be unwilling to return to Chelsea to act as understudy to Petr Cech, but the Stamford Bridge club has insisted he is viewed as the long-term replacement for Cech. Chelsea are also considering offering Courtois an extension to the contract he signed upon moving to the club in 2011.

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