Atletico Madrid's intentions to try and permanently sign Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois have been confirmed by club president Enrique Cerezo.
The highly-rated Belgian 'stopper has been on loan at the Vicente Calderon for almost three full seasons now and Cerezo has claimed that the club plan to try and sign him permanently but also conceded that will only happen if the Blues want it to.
"Courtois is an Atletico player until the end of the season. After that, we'll try to sign him if Chelsea want to," he told Spanish newspaper AS in an interview that was quoted by Goal.com
21-year-old Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk back in the summer of 2011 but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League club.
Instead, he has flourished during an extended stay in La Liga - becoming an integral figure for Atletico as they push for their first title win in two decades. Also, Courtois' fine form at domestic level has seen him oust Liverpool counterpart Simon Mignolet as Belgium's number one.
It appears that Atletico are not the only Madrid-based team interested in Courtois however, with reports - that were swiftly refuted by the player's father - suggesting he could be set to join fierce rivals Real in 2016.
It looks as if Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will have to make a firm decision regarding Courtois in the very near future.
Does he resist Atletico's advances for the talented €30 million-rated 'keeper and bring him back to Stamford Bridge to compete with Petr Cech for a starting berth, or does he keep faith with the Czech Republic stalwart as his undisputed first-choice?