Home Premier League Chelsea FC Jose Mourinho is on a collision course with Thibaut Courtois.

Jose Mourinho is on a collision course with Thibaut Courtois.


Courtois wants to talk to the Chelsea manager before deciding his future. But when asked about the prospect of allowing the 21-year-old to extend his spell in Madrid to a fourth season, Mourinho said: ‘Will he stay with Atletico? No. No.’

The Belgium goalkeeper’s agent will come to London next month for talks with Chelsea chiefs about their plans for his man.

Courtois has already proved that he is one of the best young keepers in Europe during his two-and-a-half years on loan at Atletico. Chelsea are keen for him to return to Stamford Bridge next season to compete with Petr Cech.

However, the former Genk keeper, having become accustomed to regular first-team football in La Liga, does not want to spend a season on the bench.

He will seek assurances from Mourinho that he will be given a fair chance to replace Cech next season. If he does not get that pledge then he would be happy to sign permanently for Atletico, who want to keep him.

While Courtois, who has a Spanish girlfriend, wants to prove his worth at Chelsea, he is settled in Madrid and is happy to stay in La Liga knowing he can play regularly there.

Courtois’s Chelsea deal still has two-and-a-half years to run, though, leaving the Blues in a position of strength.

The player’s representatives fear Chelsea will price him out of the market by setting a fee of around £40million should he decide he wants to leave this summer.

Chelsea aim to make it eight wins in a row when they take on struggling West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has told his fit-again record signing Andy Carroll and new Italian front man Marco Borriello they have to score the goals to take West Ham to safety.

‘If they want to be in the headlines, they have got to take up the challenge and do that,’ he said.

Written by Steve Milne


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