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Courtois concerned by 'unhealthy' Chelsea return

ESPN staff
May 21, 2014
Thibaut Courtois is keen to sit down with Jose Mourinho to discuss his Chelsea future © Getty Images

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says it would not be healthy for him to return to Chelsea as Petr Cech's understudy.

Courtois, who is set to play the final game of his third season on loan from the Premier League club in Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid, recently warned his employers he would not be prepared to play second fiddle to Cech next season.

The 22-year-old has been integral in helping Atletico win their first league title in 18 years and has also enjoyed Europa League, European Super Cup and Copa del Rey success during his time at the club.

"Things are unclear at the moment," Courtois told BBC Sport. "I have the biggest respect for Petr Cech. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world so I think putting him and me in the same team is not the healthiest thing in the world.

"We will see in the next week if we can sit together with Chelsea to find something for next year, find out what they want, what my desire is.

"The two of us want to play everything. Nobody will be happy to play in only the League Cup or FA Cup."

It has been reported that Chelsea were prepared to allow Courtois to extend his loan spell in Madrid next season, as long as the Belgian extended his contract at Stamford Bridge.

However, the disagreement surrounding his eligibility for the Champions League semi-final between the two sides has complicated the matter, according to Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Martin.

The situation is equally as complicated for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who could be without Cech for the start of the new Premier League season. The 32-year-old underwent shoulder surgery to correct an injury he picked up in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Diego Simeone's side.

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