Chelsea star to join Real Madrid after contract expires

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will join Real Madrid when his contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2016, according to Cadena Ser.

The 21-year-old, who has been on loan with Atletico Madrid for the past two-and-a-half seasons, has yet to make a single appearance for parent club Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Genk in 2011.

Courtois, despite cementing his reputation as the best young goalkeeper in European football during his spell with Atletico, has rejected the chance to sign for the La Liga title contenders on a permanent basis.

Instead, the Belgium international intends to return to Chelsea next season and stay for two years before becoming the first-choice 'keeper at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's current number one, Diego Lopez, will be approaching 35 years of age in 2016, while Iker Casillas will already have hit 35.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces a dilemma next season over whether to stick with the reliable Petr Cech, or replace the 31-year-old Czech Republic international with rising star Courtois.

However, it seems even if Mourinho opts to play Courtois for the next two seasons, the youngster will still choose to sign for Real Madrid following the conclusion of the 2015/16 campaign.

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