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Chelsea ‘keeper denies Real approach

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has rubbished reports he could join Real Madrid in the summer, and revealed he is close to extending his loan spell with Atletico Madrid for another season.

Courtois has excelled during his season-long spell at the Vicente Calderon having signed for Chelsea from Genk last summer.

The shot-stopper helped the Spanish club set up a Europa League final showdown against Athletic Bilbao this week, with the Rojiblancos emerging victorious over La Liga rivals Valencia.

His form with Atletico has reportedly captured the interest of their cross-city rivals, who are said to be weighing up an offer for the 19-year-old in the summer.

The talented youngster is seen as the long-term successor to Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge, and says he is ‘not happy’ with rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

"I am not happy with these things (Madrid rumours) because they are not true," he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"I am at Atletico and I am very happy here. I am also from Atletico. For me, I am almost ready to stay for another year.

"I am happy here and also at Chelsea, so that's why I am not sure about Real Madrid," he added.

Chelsea aren’t blessed with abundant reserves beyond Cech, with Henrique Hilario nearing the end of his career at Stamford Bridge while Ross Turnbull is not viewed as a long-term solution to the Blues goalkeeper problems.

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