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Courtois wants fair challenge at No.1 spot before keeper is ready to agree Chelsea return

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Thibault Courtois wants Jose Mourinho to give him a good go at replacing Petr Cech as Chelsea No 1 next season before agreeing to return.

Currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, the Belgium international has enhanced his growing reputation as one of the best emerging goalkeepers in the world by being named La Liga`s goalkeeper of 2012-13 on monday night.

Chelsea are keen for Courtois to return to Stamford Bridge next season, but the 21-year-old is keen to get assurances over his first-team chance.

Courtois is settled in Spain and would much prefer to stay in Madrid, potentially on permanent basis, next season instead of sitting on the Blues bench.

The Belgian still has two-and-half years left to run on his current Chelsea deal which puts the Blues in a position of strength for the time being.

After receiving his reward on Monday night, Courtois said: ‘This is the most beautiful award I’ve ever won in my career. In 2011 I was crowned as best goalkeeper in Belgium but this is really on another level.

“A huge honour. Spain has always had great goalkeepers. Casillas and Valdes are nominated for the FIFPro World XI, and I’m not the only good goalkeeper in the Primera División. I’m happy. This award has been voted by the managers in our League. I’m still 21 and I can grow as a goalkeeper.”

On his future, he added: ‘I don’t want to think about it yet. I will decide my future only in a few months.’

Written by Steve Milne – Leave me your thoughts Below 🙂

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