Thibaut Courtois has enjoyed three consecutive loan spells at Atletico Madrid, but is still unsure whether he will return to Chelsea the end of the season, writes Sky
The 21-year-old has admitted his future at Chelsea is out of his hands, with the decision coming down to Jose Mourinho’s judgment of the young goalkeeper.
Depite Chelsea’s involvement in the Champions League, Courtois was keen to stay at Atletico with first-team football guaranteed ahead of the World Cup in 2014, but does not know if he made the right decision long-term. “We must wait, time will tell,” Courtois told Sportium.
“This year I wanted to stay at Atletico because I wasn’t sure if I would play at Chelsea,” Courtois explained. “Besides, I was excited to play in the Champions League with Atletico and wanted to be a starter with a view towards the World Cup.
“But now everything depends on Chelsea. I had a conversation with Mourinho and decided it was best to stay here. I belong to Chelsea, but Atletico are the most important club of my life. I’ve got titles and prestige in a short time,” he added.
Atletico have lost just once in their opening 10 matches in La Liga and are currently four points behind Barcelona, who have played one game more. Diego Simeone’s side have conceded just seven goals in the league, matching Barcelona and Courtois has been at the heart of their success so far.
He said: “We are working very hard for the team to maintain this level all season, but the road is very long. We want to get as far as possible and we are showing that we have the team for it.
“It has improved a lot since Simeone arrived. He is one of the best coaches in the world, he’s well motivated and gets the best out of everyone. He has instilled his winning mentality.”
Atletico travel to Los Carmenes on Thursday evening to take on Granada in an attempt to close the gap to a single point behind champions Barca.
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