Atletico Madrid star sets sights on Chelsea first-team role

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes he will be in possession of the number one jersey at Stamford Bridge within the next two years, reports the London Evening Standard.

The 20-year-old, currently enjoying his second season-long loan spell with Atletico Madrid, has been earning rave reviews for his performances at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, with some suggestions he could complete a permanent switch to the Spanish capital.

Long-term custodian Petr Cech is showing no signs of easing up, and that has proven a source of frustration for Courtois - who was signed by Chelsea on a five-year deal from Racing Genk in 2011 - with the Belgian international already pushing for first-team inclusion.

Cech penned a new contract in May that will keep him in west London until 2016, one year after Courtois plans to oust the Czech stopper as Chelsea's undisputed first choice.

"Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and I think I am an up and coming young talent with the quality maybe also to play for Chelsea," the Atletico Madrid loanee explained in a recent interview. "They will continue with Cech for two more years, I believe.

"The problem is I think that Chelsea didn't expect me to be at this level this soon. I've developed really quickly. It's a very good situation for Chelsea."

Earlier this week, reports had suggested that Courtois could be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Los Rojiblancos striker Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge.

The Colombian is one of the most prolific front-men in world football at the moment, but £7million signing, Courtois is confident his future remains at Chelsa.

"A lot of things the press say are nonsense. They are guessing," he added, when quizzed about the speculation. "They know Chelsea want Falcao but Chelsea have told me, 'The last thing we want to do is sell you'. Maybe they are lying to me but I don't think so.

"It was strange joining Chelsea but when I signed for them I knew I would be loaned out to a team. They had a five-year plan for me.

"I only went to Chelsea to take my medical. I then went straight to Atletico and had a good year so I preferred to stay for another year."


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