The Blues boss reveals that Courtois will be returning to the Bridge.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be returning to the club after the 2014 World Cup.
The future of the Belgium international was in doubt after the 22-year-old spent the last three years on-loan with reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Courtois had said that he was not prepared to spend another temporary spell away from Stamford Bridge and therefore Mourinho had to decide whether to give the stopper a chance in West London or sell him.
It seems as if the 51-year-old has opted for the former and therefore plunges the future of current No.1 Petr Cech at the club into doubt.
“When the World Cup in Brazil is over, Courtois will be coming straight back to Stamford Bridge – end of story,” Mourinho told Spanish daily Marca.
Courtois will be starting between the sticks for his nation as they prepare to take part in their first World Cup since 2002, in which they are fancied as many pundits’ dark horses.
The ‘keeper’s form at the Vicente Calderon Stadium over the past three seasons has seen him become recognised as one of the finest players in his position in world football.
Mourinho clearly agrees with this sentiment as the Portuguese coach prepares to give Courtois a chance to remove Cech from a role the 32-year-old has held since signing for the club back in 2003.
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