Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is ready to enjoy another season on loan at Atletico Madrid and has admitted that he is happy to stay at the club if an opportunity at Stamford Bridge does not arise.
20-year-old Courtois signed for the Blues last summer, but is yet to make a first team appearance. He was immediately sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid, where he has effortlessly replaced David De Gea as the Spanish club’s number 1.
Despite a remarkable season in Spain, where he played a significant role in the Atletico’s Europa League triumph, realistic hope of returning to Stamford Bridge as first choice goalkeeper was promptly extinguished by Petr Cech. Cech bettered the young Belgian’s efforts by helping Chelsea lift the Champions League with a heroic performance in the final against Bayern Munich.
Returning to Atletico, Courtois told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo that he is “delighted” to be back at the Vincente Calderon, and could see a future for himself at the club.
"The first few months were tough and then I adapted well. I wanted to stay here another year. Chelsea knew that,” Courtois said. “I had no doubt in my mind; I was completely clear and very happy that is all came through as I wanted.
"It could be that Atletico ask me to stay another year. I am very happy here and if I stay for one, two or ten more years I will be very happy. I don't know what will happen."
After signing a five-year-contract at Chelsea in 2011, the young Belgian joined Atletico, and immediately impressed, keeping four clean sheets in his first six La Liga appearances, swiftly displacing Sergio Asenjo in the nets.
Courtois could potentially line up against his parent club in a few months in the UEFA Super Cup, as Champions League winners Chelsea take on Europa League victors Atletico Madrid, if the arrangements of the loan deal permit the 20-year-old goalkeeper to play.