Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has once again hinted to return to Spain and has said it could be as early as 2018.
The Belgium international spent three successful season’s on loan at Spanish giants Atletico Madrid from Chelsea between 2011 and 2014.
He then returned to the west London club and went straight into the side being their No. 1 keeper ahead of competition from Petr Cech.
Cech then moved to rivals Arsenal in the summer transfer window in 2015 but Courtois has recently opened up about his desire to go back to Spain.
The ever consistent keeper has also sent out signs about his Chelsea future in recent times.
In an interview with highly reliable publication Marca, the 24-year-old revealed he would consider his options in detail when his current contract expires with the Blues in 2018.
Courtois also considers himself half Spanish so that could also be a major factor in where he goes next.
“When I said goodbye [to Atletico], I had a bad time. I had cold blood, it was not easy. I cried.” he admitted.
Asked if he would ever return to Spain and La Liga, Courtois said: “Yes, but not only because of the club [Atletico], but how Madrid is and the whole country.
“From the first minute I fell in love with Spain for its people, lifestyle [and] food. I still maintain eating dinner and then an afternoon nap, most of the television I see is Spanish – I am half Spanish.
“I have a contract at Chelsea for three seasons. In 2018, when I enter the final year of the contract, we will assess whether to renew or leave.”
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)