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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibuat Courtois has poured cold water on speculation that he could join Barcelona next summer – as the Blues consider selling current number one Petr Cech to make way for the Belgian’s return.

Reports in Spain yesterday indicated that Barcelona have already made contact with Courtois’ representatives about signing the keeper after his loan spell with Atletico Madrid ends at the end of the season.

However, the 21-year-old has claimed that he will return to Stamford Bridge next summer and fight Petr Cech for his place in the first-team, having been told by Jose Mourinho that he has a bright future at Chelsea.

“I’m not afraid of fighting for my place with Cech,” Courtois told Belgian newspaper DH. “I’m not afraid of anyone. I have faith in my ability and I know that Mourinho doesn’t let a player’s status affect his selection decisions.

“The proof is that he left [Iker] Casillas on the bench [at Real Madrid last season] because he thought Diego Lopez was training better.

“Going back to Chelsea [this season] would have been a gamble. I could have played, and that would have been perfect. But I also might not have played and could have risked losing my place in the Belgium team. With the World Cup coming up, that would have been a risk.”

According to Spanish sports paper Marca, Chelsea are weighing up the prospect of selling Cech to accommodate Courtois next season.

And the former Genk stopper has revealed Mourinho wanted him in the Blues squad for the current campaign, and even considered loaning him out to another English club before sanctioning a third loan spell in as many seasons in Madrid.

“The club [Chelsea] and Jose Mourinho wanted me to return for this season,” Courtois added. “The management also considered sending me out on loan for a season at another Premier League club. But I didn’t fancy that option. I feel good in Madrid and I wanted to play in the Champions League with Atletico.

“Next year I could be in a position to take more risks. But, as a young player, what’s important for now is to keep playing to get to a better level.”

Source: Express

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