Chelsea Transfer News: Thibaut Courtois Deal Sought After Lionel Messi Is Denied

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2014

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 05:  Goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois of Belgium in action during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Ivory Coast at The King Baudouin Stadium on March 5, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Update from Wednesday, April 2

Thibaut Courtois has revealed he will announce where his future lies next week.

The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, on loan from Chelsea, told El Larguero (h/t ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan):

“Next week I will announce my decision,” Courtois said. “I am not going to say if I will stay or not. What I will say is that next week I will announce my decision.”


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Chelsea are looking to sign Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to a new deal that will keep the Atletico Madrid loanee tied to Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future, according to The Daily Mail's Paul Collins.

Courtois has spent the last three years on loan with Atletico and is now expected to return to the Spanish capital for a fourth season, but not before recommitting his future to parent club Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho had previously stated he expected the Belgian youngster to remain a part of the Blues' setup, and as reported by The Telegraph's Matt Law, the Chelsea boss has no intention of allowing Courtois to leave the club.

We don’t struggle to keep him because he has two more years on his contract. I don’t need to give any assurances to any player.

A player that has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea. Chelsea has Petr Cech, Courtois and Schwarzer. We are in a good condition.

But with Petr Cech firmly entrenched as Chelsea's No. 1 and Courtois keen on starting as many games as possible, another loan move seems like the most likely solution for all parties involved.

Courtois has quickly blossomed into one of the world's best goalkeepers with Atletico, and the Belgian international was at it again on Tuesday night during his team's UEFA Champions League match against La Liga rivals Barcelona, helping his team earn a 1-1 draw.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 01: Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois of Club Atletico de Madrid shakes hands with the Barcelona players after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April
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Neymar scored the only goal for La Blaugrana as Courtois turned away numerous chances for the hosts, including a wonderful save to deny Lionel Messi from a free-kick late in the match.

The 1-1 result marked the fifth time Messi had been unable to score a single goal against the current La Liga Keeper of the Year, according to Europa Football:

Courtois' time in Madrid has clearly been good for the youngster's development, and one could make the argument that the stopper has done enough to dethrone Cech as Chelsea's preferred keeper. But as shared by Tweet Chelsea FC, Courtois understands perfectly why the Blues are sticking with the Czech international for now:

With that in mind, another loan move seems to benefit everyone involved, and if Courtois signs his new deal with Chelsea and continues his development at the Vicente Calderon, the Blues will be set in the goalkeeper position for the next decade.