Thibaut Courtois sets the record straight on comments that worried Chelsea fans

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In Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea have one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and a player who has effortlessly taken up the role of club number one ever since Petr Cech's 2015 departure.

However, it is fair to say that the 2016/17 season hasn't exactly gotten off to the best start for the Belgian.

Before this weekend's Premier League action, Courtois had the worst save rate percentage in the entire league and, perhaps more worryingly for Chelsea fans, comments made in an interview with Spanish media last month seemed to suggest he was already thinking about a return to La Liga.

The original comments, published by Marca on September 20, saw Courtois explain that he will give serious thought to returning to Spain and Atletico Madrid when his current contract with Chelsea expires in 2018.

"In 2018, when I'm in the last year of my contract, I'll evaluate whether it makes more sense to stay or to go," he said.

However, the 24-year-old has now clarified his position in an interview relayed by Belgian newspaper SportWereld in which he reaffirmed his commitment to his current employers.

"I understand the commotion with the Chelsea fans, but I just meant [in the Marca interview] that I want to return to Spain one day but it can also be after my career."

And, before he considers leaving the west London club, he has one ambition in mind - winning trophies.

“I’m happy to be at Chelsea. For how long we will see, but now I want to win prizes with this club."

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Despite what has been seen as an early season dip in form, Chelsea fans will be delighted to hear Courtois' most recent comments.

Since taking over from Cech for the 2014/15 season, the Belgian international has been one of the Blues' most consistent performers and was a big factor in the team's run to the Premier League title during his first full season as number one.

At 24, there is still plenty of time for Courtois to improve too. 'Keepers often don't peak until their 30s, and the Chelsea shot-stopper is already in the same league as the likes of David de Gea and Manuel Neuer.

Nevertheless, he and the rest of Antonio Conte's squad will know that they need to improve their immediate form after the international break following a tough couple of weeks.

Chelsea returned to winning ways by beating Hull City over the weekend. However, after suffering two straight losses prior to Saturday, they are already five points off the top of the table.

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