Thibaut Courtois ready to reject Chelsea offer

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Thibaut Courtois is seriously considering rejecting Chelsea's offer of a new contract because he doesn't see eye to eye with Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Chelsea keeper - who helped Atletico Madrid knock his parent club out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage earlier this month - is reluctant to extend his Chelsea deal. His current contract expires in the summer of 2016.

Mourinho and Courtois reportedly have a "bad" relationship, and the Chelsea boss snubbed the young goalkeeper when the two teams met at Stamford Bridge in the semi-finals.

The Belgium international keeper doesn't want to return to Chelsea this summer to sit on the bench behind first-choice stopper Petr Cech, but Mourinho is not prepared to guarantee him first-team football.

As a result, Courtois is happy to stay in Spain, and he's not bothered over whether that's with Atletico or Barcelona.

He's spent three years at the Vicente Calderon on loan, but the Champions League finalists are unlikely to be able to afford Chelsea's €30m asking price. Barcelona potentially could, and they need a new goalkeeper with Victor Valdes set to leave the club on a free transfer this summer.

But Barcelona have agreed in principle to sign Marc Andre Ter Stegen, which means they're not interested in paying big money for another young keeper.

That leaves Courtois short of options, although the report claims he's still giving thought to rejecting the Chelsea extension offer that would tie him to Stamford Bridge until 2019.

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