Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has again cast doubts on his future with the Blues after talking openly about his admiration for Real Madrid.

The Belgium international is regarded as one of the best stoppers in the English game and was being linked with a move to the Spanish capital over the summer.

Courtois cut his teeth in La Liga over three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he was an essential member of Diego Simeone’s successful team.

A potential return to Madrid is seemingly in the former Genk custodian’s thoughts, with the 24-year-old admitting that he would like to return to Spain in the future.

“I still love Spain, for the way Madrid is and the entire country,” Courtois told Marca.

“I loved Spain right from the start because of the people, the way of life, the food. I still have a siesta every day.

“When I left Spain, I knew that I would return one day. I still have a contract with Chelsea for three more seasons. We will make a decision on whether I will leave Chelsea or sign a renewal when I enter the last year of my contract in 2018.

“I don’t know anything [about alleged Madrid interest] apart from what I read in the papers. But I think a lot of clubs are keeping tabs on me because of my profile. I can adapt to any style of play at any club.

“But what I do know is that Real Madrid showed me a very nice gesture. When I injured my knee [in 2015], they sent me a fax to wish me a speedy recovery.”

Managerial change over the summer cast doubts on Courtois’ future at Stamford Bridge, especially after Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification.

The goalkeeper has been number one under Antonio Conte this season but the way the Belgian is talking would suggest that an exit from the West London club could be forthcoming in the future.


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