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Chelsea boss confident over Courtois saga

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is not worried over the growing speculation currently concerning the future of highly-rated Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

21-year-old Courtois, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Racing Genk during the summer of 2011, is yet to feature for Chelsea but has forged a formidable reputation as one of the world's best young stoppers during an extended loan spell in La Liga with Atletico Madrid. 

His majestic form during three seasons at the Vicente Calderon has seen the young Belgian international - reportedly valued at £21 million by his club - tipped for a big future, with Catalan giants Barcelona recently rumoured to be eager to secure his services as a replacement for Victor Valdes, with the latter having repeatedly asserted his desire to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season in order to pursue a new challenge.

Despite these increasingly fervent rumours, however, Mourinho has claimed that he isn't worried about the situation surrounding Courtois and spoke of his happiness at possessing two such remarkable goalkeeping talents.

"We have the best goalkeeper in the world (Petr Cech) and the best young goalkeeper in the world. It's a very good problem. Our goal is safe and financially we are also very safe - the value in the market is the value of the best," the 50-year-old was quoted by Goal.com.

"In this moment I don't think about it. It doesn't worry me because our situation is fantastic and everything is under our control. We control the situation, not Barcelona, Atletico or another team interested in our goalkeepers. We control the situation so that's fine."

Chelsea, who have endured a somewhat mediocre start to the new domestic campaign, return to top-flight action following the recent international break with a home fixture against Malky Mackay's newly-promoted Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

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