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Barcelona have not made move for Chelsea star

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Barcelona have not made an approach for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the player's father has confirmed, with the assumption that the Catalan giants have already agreed to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen as a replacement for Victor Valdes.

Courtois is currently on loan with Atletico Madrid for a third successive season and his influence in leading the club to the summit of La Liga has seen his stock rise even higher in Spanish football.

The Belgium international, who has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea, has been mentioned as a potential target for Barcelona given that Valdes will leave at the end of the season, but Courtois Snr does not expect Liga champions to be in touch.

"There has never been an approach from Barcelona," he told RTBF.

"Their future keeper will apparently be Ter Stegen so there was never any question to sign Thibaut there. The press talked a lot, but their technical director chose another type of stopper."

Courtois was an acquisition for Chelsea in the summer transfer window of 2011, having kept 14 clean sheets for Genk the previous season as a teenager, but was immediately made available for loan.

Since leaving Stamford Bridge for the Vicente Calderon, the 21-year-old has made 131 appearances for Atleti during which time he has won the Europa League, Super Cup - against Chelsea - and the Copa del Rey.

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