Thibaut Courtois dismissed any speculation that he will move to Real Madrid next season, insisting instead that he aims to extend his contract with Chelsea and stay in the Premier League.
Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan in Madrid with Real’s city rivals Atletico, has been Chelsea’s undisputed No1 since taking over for Petr Cech in 2014 while keeping to his No13 kit number.
In recent months, the Belgian international goalkeeper has frequently been linked with a move to the European champions, but in an interview to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, Courtois said that he can’t imagine life at Real Madrid.
“I don’t see myself at Real Madrid,” he said. “I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them.”
“They also allowed me to be three years at Atletico [Madrid], which helped me to be the keeper that I am now.”
With two years remaining in his contract, Courtois could yet enter talks for contract extension but says that negotiations have yet to begin as Chelsea edges ever closer to Premier League victory.
“At the moment we have not talked about a renewal. Now we are focused on winning the league, even though we have a ten-point advantage. Both the club and the coach want to keep calm now and not think about renewals.”
“We will see at the end of the season if they offer me something. For the time being, there has not been an offer.”
“I’m happy in London and I’m delighted with the success we are having this season.”
Chelsea now leads the Premier League table by 10 points against London rivals Tottenham whom they will also face in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.