Chelsea prodigy Thibaut Courtois has shot a warning to Jose Mourinho by insisting that he will only return to Stamford Bridge if he is guaranteed a starting spot.
According to Sky Sports the young Belgian ‘keeper, fresh from winning the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid this weekend, has made it abundantly clear that he will not be playing second-fiddle to anyone next term, and is ready to oust Petr Cech from between the sticks in west London. Reports have claimed that Jose Mourinho is keen to have Courtois back in the fold at Chelsea, having been impressed by his dazzling three-year loan spell at Atletico. However the Special One is posed an enviable problem when it comes to selecting his No.1, as Cech has ruled the roost for the last decade.
With neither ‘keeper going to be happy with being utilised in a back-up role it will be interesting to see how Mourinho approaches the situation. As for Courtois, he’s made it pretty clear what he’s after.
“I am not sure yet what happens next season," the 21-year-old said.
"It is a great feeling to be champions of Spain. We have the Champions League final next week and then the World Cup. Now is not the time to think about my future.
"If I move somewhere, I will play. At my age, the most important thing for me, and what I want to do, is to play.
"Petr is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he won the Golden Glove in the Premier League this season. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Courtois did then affirm that the ball was in Chelsea’s court with regards to how things go from here on in. Though Atletico obviously want to retain his services in a permanent capacity, he remains on the books at Stamford Bridge for at least the next two years.
“I have two years [left on my] contract with Chelsea, so we will see what they decide,” he added.