Mourinho rules out Courtois departure

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Thibaut Courtois will be made to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Courtois revealed last week that he wanted to speak to Chelsea to see if he could speak to other clubs regarding a potential permanent move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.

However Courtois, who has been loaned out to Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons, has been told he will not be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

He will instead return to England to compete with Chelsea's current number one goalkeeper Petr Cech.

When asked if Courtois would be allowed to return to Atletico Madrid for a fourth consecutive season after the current campaign, Mourinho replied: "Will he stay with Atletico? No. No."

The shot stopper has been in fine form for both Atletico Madrid and the Belgium national team since he sealed a move to Chelsea from Genk for a fee believed to be in the region of £7.9million.

Courtois' stock has risen so high that he is likely to refuse to sit on Chelsea's substitutes' bench.

Mourinho will have to make a major decision in the summer as to whether to install Courtois as his first choice goalkeeper or allow the Belgian shot stopper to seal a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.

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