Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is close to agreeing an extension to his loan stay at Atletico Madrid, according to reports.
AS claims a one-year extension has been agreed in principle between the two clubs, meaning the Belgian starlet could stay at the Vicente Calderon stadium until the end of the 2013-14 season.
The report goes on to claim that the Blues have had a change of heart over bringing the player back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the current campaign, and are eager for Courtois to gain Champions League experience under Diego Simeone next term.
Los Rojiblancos will be more than happy to keep the 20-year-old for another season, after a string of fine performances helped the club to third so far this season.
Indeed, Courtois set a club record at the weekend, going 820 minutes without conceding a goal at home in the league before Xabi Prieto’s strike for Real Sociedad.
Chelsea will no doubt be watching the former Racing Genk starlet’s progress in La Liga, but have a good first-choice already at their disposal in Petr Cech.
The Czech Republic international’s form has made it unnecessary to keep Courtois in west London as he continues to develop, although a time may come in the future when the youngster replaces the 30-year-old on the King’s Road.