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Thibaut Courtois has not agreed to join Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have not agreed, or been in discussion with Chelsea about, a deal to bring Thibaut Courtois to the Bernabeu, according to the player's father.

Reports emerged on Monday morning that the Chelsea goalkeeper, currently enjoying a loan spell at Atletico Madrid, had agreed to move to their bitter rivals Real Madrid on a permanent basis once his contract had expired in 2016.

Courtois' future at Stamford Bridge has fallen into significant doubt over recent months as Jose Mourinho struggles to choose between bringing him back from a three-year spell at Atletico or electing to keep Petr Cech as Chelsea's number one.

With Real Madrid looking for a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas, a deal made sense, especially as the La Liga leaders are one of the few clubs who could tempt Courtois away from Chelsea's deep pockets.

Reports suggested that Courtois would run down his Chelsea contract, which runs until the summer of 2016, before moving to Real Madrid for free.

However, Courtois' father has moved quickly to deny any such deal is in place, insisting that the rumours a purely an attempt to destabilise Atletico's bid for the Primera Division title.

"It's an attempt to destabilise Atletico," Thierry Courtois is quoted as telling La Derniere Heure.

"There hasn't been any contact with Real. Our negotiations with Chelsea still have to start.

"And Chelsea would never let him go that way, when his contract has expired. Thibaut is now focused on the season with Atletico and the Champions League."

Courtois is yet to play for Chelsea despite signing for them three years ago. In that time the 21-year-old has come to be known as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world.

He is now a firm number one for the Belgian national side and considered the best goalkeeper in Spanish football.

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