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Schalke star won't replace Chelsea loanee at Atletico Madrid

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Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has played down speculation linking Ralf Fahrmann with a summer move to Atletico Madrid, where he's been tipped to replace Thibaut Courtois when he returns to Chelsea.

Sky Sports reports how the 25-year-old goalkeeper has been mooted for a switch to the Vicente Calderon Stadium, as Diego Simeone begins his search for a successor to the Belgian loan star.

Courtois has enjoyed three successful season-long loan spells in La Liga, but is expected to return to Stamford Bridge to challenge Petr Cech for the No.1 spot in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up next season.

But, the vacancy created by the Chelsea ace's anticipated departure will not be filled by Fahrmann if Heldt has anything to do with it.

"Ralf Fahrmann has a contract with our club and we are very happy about the situation in terms of our goalkeepers," he told German newspaper BILD. "I am able to confirm he will be in our goal also in 2015.

"As things stand today, I am able to rule out that he will leave the club at the end of the season. We do not want that to happen. And also Ralf does not want that to happen as far as I am concerned."

Fahrmann also insisted he has not been unsettled by rumours regarding his long-term future, and reiterated his commitment to the Bundesliga club, intimating his desire to remain at the Veltins-Arena.

"Actually, I am focused on Schalke," he said. "We are going to have talks regarding my future in these next months.

"I am able to imagine a lot of things. We are going to wait and see."

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