Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, currently on loan with Atletico Madrid, has bought a home in the Spanish capital, fuelling speculation that he could secure a permanent transfer to the Vicente Calderon.
The 21-year-old Belgium international is in his third season with Atletico, having been loaned out to the club before even making a first-team appearance for Chelsea. He has performed to distinction during his time with the in La Liga, and Atletico are keen to retain his services.
Reports earlier this week claimed Atletico had been granted their wish, with Courtois set to stay in Madrid as part of a deal that would result in free-scoring striker Diego Costa moving to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has since moved to dismiss the suggestion, claiming Courtois will not be joining Atletico on a permanent basis. The Belgian has, however, revealed he would be ready for a full-time stay after purchasing a house.
The former Genk 'keeper does, though, concede that he may have to move back to London at some point - something he is prepared to do.
"I love being in Spain, and I really like living in Madrid," he told Belgian Radio 2. "I have been going out with my (Spanish) girlfriend since April, and I have also bought a house here.
"But, of course, if I have to leave, that is a choice I will have to make. You know that, as a footballer, things can change. My girlfriend speaks English, so I don’t think it would be a problem to go and live in England, or in another country, for that matter."
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