Thibaut Courtois not willing to be back-up to Petr Cech

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Thibaut Courtois has dropped his biggest hint yet that he won't be at Chelsea for a fourth successive season, saying competing with Petr Cech isn't an ideal situation.

The Belgian shot stopper joined Chelsea in 2011 but has yet to make an appearance for the club, instead spending three seasons on loan to Atletico Madrid.

During his time in La Liga, Courtois, 22, has developed into one of the finest goalkeepers in world football, leading to calls for Jose Mourinho to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

The problem is, Chelsea already have one of the best 'keepers in the world in the form of Cech and it is his presence that is causing Courtois to consider staying away from west London for at least another season.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid, Courtois told BBC Sport: "I have the biggest respect for Petr Cech. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world so I think putting him and me in the same team is not the healthiest thing in the world.

"The two of us want to play everything. Nobody will be happy to play in only the League Cup or FA Cup."

Courtois added that he is hoping to sit down with Mourinho and Chelsea officials to see if they can come to an agreement.

"Things are unclear at the moment," he added.

"We will see in the next week if we can sit together with Chelsea to find something for next year, find out what they want, what my desire is. We will see."

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