Atletico Madrid star ready to fight for Chelsea place

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Enrique Cerezo has played down suggestions that Atletico Madrid will look to sign Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea on a permanent basis this summer.

Sky Sports reports how the Spanish club's president revealed that the Belgium international is ready to fight for his first-team place when he returns to west London at the end of the season.

Courtois is currently enjoying his third consecutive campaign on loan at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, where he has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

Despite his fine form, the 21-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Chelsea, as Petr Cech continues to occupy the number one spot at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho could be faced with a difficult decision to make at the start of 2014/15, continue selecting the Blues' veteran custodian or replace him with Courtois, who will not settle for a place on the bench.

Either way, it looks like the talented young stopper will still be a Chelsea player next season, after Cerezo said the £7million signing from Genk's future can only be decided by the Premier League club.

"Courtois is Chelsea's property and that has been made clear," he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo. "Initially he was loaned out to us for a year but now we've had him for three seasons.

"Thibaut is very pleased to be at the Vicente Calderon right now although he is prepared to fight for his place with Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.

"His future does not depend on us, so we have a big challenge over the summer to strengthen our squad."

When asked about other stars that could potentially leave Atletico Madrid in the summer, Cerezo insisted that manager Diego Simeone will be under no pressure to sell any of his star players.

"Our sporting director [Jose Luis Perez Caminero] has told me that we should not fear the big clubs that are interested in our footballers," he added.

"That is a welcome relief because this team is still developing."

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