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Thibaut Courtois issues first team threat to Chelsea

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has refused to discuss his future during the World Cup - but insists he wants to be playing first team football.

The young Belgian stopper is his nation’s first choice after another fine season on loan at Atletico Madrid, and is ahead of Simon Mignolet in the pecking order.

Cech decision

However, it remains to be seen whether he will take the No.1 spot from Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge next season, as Jose Mourinho weighs up his options between the sticks.

When questioned on the subject, Courtois did not wish to discuss it in detail, but did admit that he wants to be starting given his recent form in La Liga.

“I will not talk about my future, this is not the time to talk about that. I’m here with the national team and we’re concentrating on the World Cup and not on my personal life,” he told reporters, according to Sky Sports.

“I will make a decision after the World Cup and then everything will be clear.”

When pushed about wanting to be a starter, however, his comments indicated that he would be unhappy to return to the Blues but sit on the bench.

“With my age and the performances I’ve had, I want to play. To be on the bench is not the nicest thing,” he added.

“I spoke with him [Mourinho] in May, before the game against Barcelona. He discussed what he thinks about me and everything.”

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Chelsea signed Courtois from Genk in 2011, but the 22-year-old is yet to make his competitive debut for the club. In his time away from Stamford Bridge, he's done nothing but impress to make himself a legitimate contender to replace Petr Cech.

The Czech international is a legendary figure in west London, having arrived in 2004 ahead of the most successful period in Blues history. He's gone on to win three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League.

Big questions

But, at 32, the rise of his new rival has left big questions to be asked, and Chelsea boss Mourinho will need to have the answers before the new season begins in August.

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