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Atletico Madrid desperate to sign Thibaut Courtois

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has revealed that he would pay whatever it takes to make Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s loan-move, a permanent one in the Summer.

Many people would be forgiven if they thought Courtois was actually a Madrid player as he has spent the last three season’s in Spain after Chelsea have kept faith in Petr Cech, however, Courtois revealed earlier this year that he wants his future decided by April at the very latest.

It is believed that Jose Mourinho is ready to bring back the Belgium international in order to provide competition with Cech, but Courtois doesn’t want to be a back-up goalkeeper and may seek a move away permanently if that is what he is told.

When asked if he would pay up to £20million for the ‘keeper, Simeone responded with: “Definitely.

“For me anything paid for Courtois would be cheap.

“He’s a young guy who has a huge future and is on track to becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“Signing a goalkeeper of his caliber would be a big step, but it will not be easy.

“It depends on what Courtois wants, his club (Chelsea) knows our needs, but it is not up to us, because he is not our player.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles

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