Barcelona transfer 'never an option' for Chelsea loanee

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Atletico Madrid loanee Thibaut Courtois was never interested in a transfer from Chelsea to Barcelona, according to his father Thierry, reports Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper had been heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou, having been sounded out as a long-term replacement for the soon-to-be departing Victor Valdes.

Barca boss Gerardo Martino was understood to have been impressed by Courtois's performances at the Vicente Calderon, where he is currently enjoying his third successive season-long loan spell with Diego Simeone's side.

However, the Spanish champions are believed to have now turned their attention to Borussia Monchengladbach stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, after it emerged that Chelsea are determined to keep the Belgium international at Stamford Bridge.

"Thibaut is not disappointed that Barcelona have chosen another goalkeeper," Courtois's dad told Het Nieuwsblad. "It was never a real option.

"Thibaut still has a contract until the end of the season at Atletico."

Widely tipped as the natural successor to Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal, Jose Mourinho will have a difficult decision to make at the end of the season; stick with his tried and tested custodian, or hand the No.1 jersey to the star of the future?

Courtois has come on leaps and bounds on loan at Atletico over the past three years, and he now feels ready to play regularly in the Premier League, and will seek talks with Chelsea about his position at the end of the season.

"It is logical that there are talks with Chelsea about his future at this point," added Courtois senior. "And that's what we are doing."

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