Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he could spend at least three years out on loan before returning to west London to challenge for the No.1 jersey, and says he would favour a move to Tottenham.
The 19-year-old Belgian stopper is enjoying his first few weeks in Spain with Atletico Madrid, and thinks he could spend at least two seasons at Estadio Vicente Calderon, before joining another English team on loan.
After arriving at Stamford Bridge from Racing Genk in the summer, Chelsea immediately loaned Courtois to Madrid on a one-year deal that the custodian already believes will be extended.
"Chelsea told me that I would spend two years in a team like Atletico," he told radio station Onda Cero.
"At the moment is only one yaer, but if they want me for a second Chelsea are fine with that. It is possible."
Courtois also intimated that after Atletico, he would favour a move to a Barclays Premier League club, to give him the necessary experience of playing in England, before naming Tottenham and Fulham as potential destinations.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp currently has a plethora of goalkeeping options at White Hart Lane, but with 40-year-old Brad Friedel his current No.1 and Heurelho Gomes linked with a January exit - come next season, Tottenham may appreciate the opportunity of taking Courtois on loan.
"After that I would then spend one more season with an English club, like Fulham or Tottenham, to allow me to adapt to the English league," he added.
"Then in the fourth season everything would be normal at Chelsea."