Thibaut Courtois set for two more years at Atletico Madrid

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Thibaut Courtois is set to agree a new Chelsea contract tying him to the club until 2019 - but he will also spend another two years at Atletico Madrid.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Jose Mourinho has avoided a potential goalkeeper controversy between Courtois and current number one Petr Cech this summer by putting off the decision for two more seasons.

Courtois was set to challenge Cech for the starting spot at Stamford Bridge ahead of next season, but the Belgian will remain at Atletico Madrid for the next two years once he agrees to a new Chelsea contract.

The 21-year-old keeper is coming towards the end of his third campaign at the Vicente Calderon, and Atletico are desperate to keep him at the club.

They've been linked with a permanent move, but despite the presence of Cech in the Chelsea net, Mourinho still sees Courtois as the club's long-term starter and is not willing to lose him permanently.

Courtois's current Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2016, but Mourinho wants to lock him down for another three years before he allows him to return to Atleti.

If Courtois does return, that would avoid a potentially tricky situation this summer. Cech's place as undisputed number one has not been under threat since he joined in 2004, but Courtois has already said he is not willing to sit on the bench.

Rather than being forced to choose between the two, Mourinho can delay the decision by retaining Cech as his starter and keeping Courtois happy by guaranteeing him first-team football in Spain.

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