Chelsea dealt blow as Barcelona target Courtois wants Spain stay

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' future appears to remain unclear, with reports suggesting that he does not want to leave Spanish football following his hugely successful loan spell with Atletico Madrid.

This is according to Catalan publication Sport, who suggest that while the Belgian starlet would act professionally about a potential return to Stamford Bridge - where he has been offered a new contract -  this summer, he has adapted to La Liga and does not want to depart to act as a back-up to Petr Cech.

Such news could potentially hand a sizable boost to Barcelona and Real Madrid, with both clubs having been credited with an interest in the hugely-gifted 21-year-old.

Despite such claims, however, you have to assume that the decision over Courtois still remains firmly in the hands of Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, who witnessed their youngster's remarkable talents first-hand during the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie on Wednesday evening.

While Cech has enjoyed immense success with Chelsea since joining the club from Rennes almost a decade ago, he has been prone to one or two uncharacteristic errors in recent months that could persuade Mourinho that Courtois - who has been on loan at the Vicente Calderon for almost three full seasons now - is the better option moving forward.

If Chelsea do indeed decide to stick with Cech for the foreseeable future, though, then it could be that they will have to let Courtois depart in order to allow him to fulfill his considerable potential elsewhere.

The player's apparent fondness of Spanish football would suggest that a move back to La Liga would be the most likely option if Courtois were indeed to bid farewell to his parent club without even making a single first-team appearance.

Alternatively, it is presumably also possible that Chelsea could attempt to hold on to Courtois while simultaneously keeping Cech happy, by attempting to instigate another loan switch.

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