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Football: Courtois facing uncertain future

Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois said on Monday he still did not know if he would be returning to 'parent club' Chelsea next season.

LONDON: Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois said on Monday he still did not know if he would be returning to 'parent club' Chelsea next season.

The 22-year-old has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the three seasons, since Chelsea signed him, and impressed against the London side during the Spanish team's Champions League semi-final victory.

Since then, he has helped Atletico win La Liga and many believe now is the right time for Courtois to replace the long-serving Petr Cech as Chelsea 'keeper.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho said last week he has made up his mind about Courtois but the player himself has yet to hear from the Portuguese boss.

"It's a great feeling to be champion of Spain," Courtois told Britain's Guardian newspaper. "I am not sure yet what happens next season.

"We have the Champions League final (against Real Madrid on Saturday) and then the World Cup, so now is not the time to think of the future.

"I have two years contract (left) with Chelsea, so we will see.

"If I move somewhere, I will play. With my age, what I want, the most important thing for me, is to play.

"We will see what happens. But Petr (Cech) is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he won the golden glove in the Premier League, and I have a lot of respect for him.

"We will see what Chelsea decide and what they plan to do. You guys will see the decision (then)."

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