Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he has never spoken with manager Jose Mourinho.
The 21-year-old has been on loan with Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons and has cemented his reputation as the best young ‘keeper in European football during his time in La Liga.
Courtois is set to return to parent club Chelsea at the end of the season, although the young Belgium international has once again made it clear that he is not content to play second-fiddle to Petr Cech, despite admitting the Czech Republic international is still one of the world’s best.
The Real Madrid target also revealed the surprise information that, despite his exploits at the Vicente Calderon, Mourinho has not been in contact.
“If the rumours [about Real Madrid] are not true, then they are not true. The one thing I have always said is this - it's Atletico or Chelsea," he told Castilla La Mancha TV. “I'm very happy to be with Atleti, my desire is to play and if I can't do that at Chelsea and I can continue here, I'll be very happy.
“I've never spoken with Mourinho. At the moment Chelsea cannot guarantee me a place in goal, because [Petr] Cech is there, he is playing well and is one of the best keepers in the world.”
However, it’s believed that Chelsea officials have informed Courtois that Mourinho intends on giving him the chance to establish himself as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper next season. Roman Abramovich's senior adviser and executive board member Marina Granovskaia is believed to be overseeing the matter personally, according to the London Evening Standard, with the west London outfit determined to keep the world-class shot-stopper on their books.