It’ll Be Unhealthy to Return to Chelsea as Cech’s Understudy, Says Courtois

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says his future remains uncertain ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Belgian goalkeeper,

Thibaut Courtois "Unclear" About Future, Wary of Returning to Chelsea as Second Choice.
Thibaut Courtois “Unclear” About Future, Wary of Returning to Chelsea as Second Choice.

who is at the end of his third season on loan from Chelsea, explains it would be better he look elsewhere for top flight football, adding it would not be “the healthiest thing” to return to the ‘Blues’ given Petr Cech’s form.

“The two of us want to play everything, Courtois told BBC Sport. “Nobody will be happy to play in only the League Cup or FA Cup.

“Things are unclear at the moment”.

Cech, 32, was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League team of the year for this season.

Courtois continued: “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.

“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.”

Courtois has being in terrific form for Diego Simeone’s side on their way to reaching the European Cup final, where they hope to stop city rivals Real from clinching a tenth European title.

To continue as one of the safest hands of the 2013/14 season, the 22-year-old will have to fend off threats from reigning world footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and the world’s most expensive player in Gareth Bale, as well as Frenchman Karim Benzema.

“We know these are top player and it will not be easy,” he said.

“I think we will play the same games as we always do. There are some teams that play more defensive against us and we found it more difficult to make the game.

“Against Real Madrid they will have to come more. We will have to defend well and play more on the counter-attack.”


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