Chelsea boss laughs off Real Madrid interest in Courtois

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has laughed off speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for Thibaut Courtois, saying that the west London club will have no trouble in keeping hold of their best players.

Courtois has impressed during his two seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid, and starred for the Spanish side in their Champions League last 16 tie against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Atletico are keen on taking the Chelsea ace permanently, and a possible swap deal with Diego Costa has been mooted.

Reports today meanwhile suggest Real Madrid are interested in taking the young Belgian in the summer.

Mourinho, speaking ahead of Chelsea's weekend tie against Everton, was quick to dismiss speculation linking Courtois with a move to Madrid, insisting that if the west London club wish to keep him, there's little any other club can do.

“No we won’t struggle to keep him. He has two more years on his contract so he is easy to keep,” the Special One told reporters.

“I don’t give assurances to any player. A player who has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea.

“If someone wants a player with a contract, we have to know.”

Courtois has previously admitted that he wants some clarification over his Chelsea future - and says he isn't willing to play second fiddle to Petr Cech if he is to return to Stamford Bridge.

“The problem is when you want a player and the player belongs to another club," Mourinho continued.

“When you want a player and that players belongs to you and he has two more years on his contract, it is easy to say you have no problems.”

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