Thibaut Courtois denies Real Madrid agreement in place for 2016

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed reports that he has reached an agreement with Real Madrid to join the La Liga giants when his contract expires in 2016.

On Monday, Cadena Ser claimed that a deal is in place for the 21-year-old to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, before running his contract down and eventually joining Real Madrid in two years time on a free transfer. However, Courtois has rubbished these rumours as “completely false” and reiterated the fact that he is currently happy at loan club Atletico Madrid.

“It’s completely false,” Courtois told AS. “I couldn’t have said any such thing to Gil Marín because it isn’t true. Everyone knows I’ve got a contract with Chelsea and I’m happy at Atlético”.

AS also report that Atletico hope to keep Courtois for a fourth season, with the La Liga title contenders keen to secure either another loan deal or, ideally, a permanent transfer. Atleti are desperate to keep the Belgium international at the Vicente Calderon and will do whatever they can, within their financial constraints, to retain his services for the 2014/15 campaign and beyond.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho knows that Courtois is already one of the best goalkeeper in the world after coming up against him on several occasions while managing Real Madrid. The Portuguese coach, however, already has the ultra-reliable Petr Cech at his disposal, and subsequently may agree to loan out Courtois for a fourth season.

But, by doing that, Mourinho runs the risk of losing the goalkeeper who is tipped to become the best of his generation, while allowing Real Madrid to edge closer towards securing his signature at the end of his Chelsea contract.

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