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Atletico keeper Courtois unsure of future

English.news.cn   2013-12-14 20:27:16            

MADRID, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admitted on Saturday that he still does not know where his long term future lies.

The young Belgian international is on his third year on loan with Atletico Madrid, with whom he has won the Spanish Copa del Rey, the Europa League and the European Supercup, but the fact he is only on loan means that at the end of the current season Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho could demand he moves to London to dispute the Chelsea keeper's jersey with veteran Petr Cech.

Speaking in an interview in which he also discussed his side's chances in the Champions League, Courtois said he was uncertain where his future lay.

"At the moment I don't know whether or not I will have to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season," he said in Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

"I don't know if I will go to Chelsea, but I am certain that if I do go then the fans will remember me as a great keeper, a goalkeeper who won titles and also as someone who was close to them and who gave everything possible on the pitch," added Courtois.

The keeper's display in next summer's World Cup finals, where he will play for Belgium, could be decisive in deciding his future, but so will his performances in this season's Champions League, where Atletico qualified for the knockout stage as winners of their group and hope for one of the easier rivals in Monday's draw for the last 16.

"All of the teams who have got through are good teams, but it would be better if we didn't have to face Arsenal or Manchester City in the next round. We have to be prepared in case that happens, but it would be better if we didn't get such a tough rivals," said Courtois.

Meanwhile the fact that Atletico are joint leaders in Spain and so far unbeaten in Europe has raised hopes that Atletico could be a team to watch in the Champions League this season and possibly be a surprise candidate for the title.

"It could be, we have a team capable of doing that and we will see what happens...we all want to do something important this season, but that means taking it one game at a time and not looking ahead to the final, because it is now we have to do the work," he said.

Atletico entertain Valencia in the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Sunday night, meanwhile the club has confirmed that the decision not to proceed with the EuroVegas project in the south west of Madrid will not affect their plans to build a new training ground, which would have actually been inside the proposed perimeter of the now defunct project.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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