Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks set to sign a new deal with Chelsea before leaving on loan once more, it has been claimed.
According to The Daily Mail, the Belgian 'stopper appears set to extend his deal with the Premier League title chasers until 2019 before once again departing for La Liga and Atletico Madrid on a temporary basis.
21-year-old Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk back in 2011 but has yet to make a single appearance for the club.
Instead, he has spent the majority of the last three years in Spain, where has excelled in between the posts for Diego Simeone's Atletico.
His consistently brilliant and eye-catching form has seen Courtois linked with a permanent move away from Chelsea, with Atletico appearing understandably keen to keep him.
Real Madrid - Atletico's fiercest rivals - have also been mentioned with regard to a potential move for the player, something that probably won't have come as too much of a surprise given the apparent uncertainly surrounding the futures of Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The ongoing situation regarding Courtois appears to have created somewhat of a conundrum for Jose Mourinho.
While a man boasting his experience surely cannot be ignorant of Courtois' flourishing talent that has helped lead Atletico into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and also into the very thick of the La Liga title race, in Petr Cech Chelsea still boast arguably the most consistent goalkeeper in the Premier League.
With the Czech Republic stalwart - who has been first-choice at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2004 - just 31, he could well have a number of years at the elite level left to go.
Extending Courtois' contract and allowing him to continue to reap the benefits of regular action in the familiar surroundings of the Vicente Calderon may be an ideal solution in the short-term, it seems inevitable that Mourinho will have to make a bigger decision regarding his goalkeepers soon.
Chelsea fans. leave us your thoughts on the Courtois saga below. Should he be loaned out/sold or should Mourinho bring him back for the start of next season?
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