Jose Mourinho has reinforced that Thibaut Courtois will return to Chelsea, stating that the Belgian goalkeeper will be back with the club once he has completed his international commitments at the World Cup.
Courtois has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea since he was signed from Genk in the January transfer window of 2011, instead spending the last three seasons on loan with Atletico Madrid. The 22-year-old was performed to distinction during his time at the Vicente Calderon, winning La Liga, the Europa League, Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup.
His time at Atletico has not been without controversy, with Chelsea initially pushing for Courtois not to play when the two sides met in the last four of the Champions League this season. But, in the end, Courtois did play, and was able to move past his parent club and into the final, where Atletico lost to Real Madrid.
Courtois, however, will be ending his association with Atletico this summer, Mourinho has confirmed, with the Chelsea manager telling Spanish newspaper Marca that the young shot-stopper will be among his number for next season.
Mourinho said: “When the World Cup in Brazil is over, Courtois will be coming straight back to Stamford Bridge - end of story.”
Courtois, though, has frequently made clear in public that he will not settle for a place on the Chelsea bench, and will push for a transfer if it transpires that he will deputy to Petr Cech. However, reports have claimed that Chelsea are prepared to let Cech go in order to accommodate Courtois, despite the incumbent No.1 being in the PFA team of the season.