Thibaut Courtois: I do not have an emotional connection with Chelsea
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he feels no connection with the club after spending the last three years on loan at newly crowned Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
The London club bought Courtois in 2011 but he is yet to start for them, his future remains uncertain after his impressive performances have caught the attention of Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. Courtois has previously made it clear that he wants regular first team football which Chelsea might not be able to provide.
Speaking before what could be his final game for Atletico Madrid, Courtois said, “The fans and the other players at Atletico don't see me as a player out on loan.”
“At Chelsea I have no emotional connection. They signed me up in 2011, nine million euros. Since then I've gone to London only for the medical check.”
“Already last year Chelsea no longer wanted to loan. But I wanted to stay in Madrid. After this season, it all goes back over again, and it is probably even more difficult to make a decision."
The 22-year-old seems keen to remain at Atletico Madrid, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Saturday. Courtois has been a key part of Atletico’s team and has helped them win the Copa Del Rey, the Europe League and the La Liga during his time there.
He also played a big part in eliminating Chelsea from the Champions League semi-final this season.