Cour­tois dis­tances him­self from Atletico, Real moves

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

THIBAUT COUR­TOIS has de­nied that he has any in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing to Madrid and in­sisted that he is happy at Chelsea.

The 24-year-old goal­keeper spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid, win­ning La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Europa League, as well as reach­ing the 2014 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

Cour­tois has since es­tab­lished him­self as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper, but rumours of a re­turn to the Span­ish cap­i­tal, po­ten­tially to Atletico’s neigh­bours Real Madrid, have per­sisted.

The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional has, how­ever, dis­tanced him­self from talk of an exit from Stam­ford Bridge, in­sist­ing: “I never had any­thing with Real Madrid.

“I did not see any­thing pub­lished, but I never had any con­tact with Real Madrid. I am happy at Chelsea. Ev­ery­thing is go­ing very well. It is a great club,” he told Cope, the Span­ish ra­dio sta­tion.

“There is no rea­son not to be happy at Chelsea. You never know what will hap­pen in the fu­ture, but at the mo­ment I am very well, in a very good at­mos­phere.

“There was never any talk about a pos­si­ble re­turn to Atletico... These are rumours that come out from peo­ple who do not know any­thing.”

Cour­tois’ com­ments con­tra­dict his pre­vi­ous sug­ges­tion that Real Madrid sent a mes­sage of good­will to him af­ter he sus­tained a knee in­jury last sea­son.

In Septem­ber, Cour­tois told Marca, the Span­ish sports news­pa­per: “Real Madrid showed me a very nice ges­ture when I in­jured my knee last year – they sent me a fax to wish me a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Cour­tois, who has a Span­ish girl­friend, went on to de­scribe him­self as feel­ing “half Span­ish” in the same in­ter­view and claimed that he would re­turn to the coun­try one day.

Af­ter his com­ments caused some con­ster­na­tion among Chelsea’s sup­port, Cour­tois clar­i­fied that his re­turn to Spain could come “af­ter his ca­reer”. – The In­de­pen­dent

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