Barcelona & Real Madrid kept waiting by on-loan Chelsea star

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On-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - who has attracted transfer interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid - has announced that he'll make a decision on his future next week.

TalkSPORT reports how the Belgium international, who is currently enjoying his third consecutive season in Spain with La Liga title rivals Atletico Madrid, has established himself as one of the most highly-rated stoppers in Europe, after a series of scintillating performances at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

His fine form for Diego Simeone's side has attracted admiring glances from a host of suitors, with Tata Martino and Carlo Ancelotti both believed to be weighing up bids to lure Courtois to Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, the 21-year-old might also force the hand of Blues boss Jose Mourinho to drop veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech in order to make way for the former Genk star to take up the number one spot at Stamford Bridge.

Failure to do so could result in Chelsea losing one of the most gifted young goalkeepers in the world at the moment, especially with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all harbouring ambitions of securing his signature.

Speaking after Atletico Madrid's 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday night, Courtois intimated that he is not far away from deciding where he'll be plying his trade next season.

"Next week I will announce my decision," he told TVE. "I will not say if I will stay or not, all I'm saying is I think next week I will announce my decision."

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