Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Thibaut Courtois, considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, will return to parent club Chelsea next season, according to BBC Sport.
Courtois has impressed over the last few seasons whilst playing for Atletico Madrid. Atletico reached the Champions League final and won La Liga last season with Courtois in net, and many have called for his inclusion at Chelsea next season, in spite of the generally good form of current first choice Petr Cech.
Mourinho has finally confirmed that Courtois will return, something that should be seen as a positive by most Chelsea fans. There is little that he still has to work on, a commanding figure both between the sticks and in the penalty area, possibly in a manner that Cech has not been since his infamous cranial injury.
Chelsea will be looking to improve on their performance last year, which saw them finish the season trophy-less and in third place.
Thibaut Courtois has had an exceptional season for Atletico, but remains unsure as to where his future lies. Undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in world football today, he does not seem keen to return to Chelsea next season only to play the part of understudy to Petr Cech.
However, in an interview with the Belgian football magazine La Derniere Heure, he revealed that prior to the Barcelona game he was called by Jose Mourinho.
He said: “My future seemed clear, but then we faced Chelsea in the Champions League. Yes, Mourinho called me before the game against Barcelona (that decided the league title, giving it to Atletico), but what we discussed will remain private.
“I still have two years remaining on my deal with Chelsea, and in principle, I will join in pre-season training and see what happens from there.
“Now is not the time to discuss any sort of transfer – I am focussed on the World Cup, which is at stake.”
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Chelsea are set to make a shock move for Cesc Fabregas, bringing him back to England’s capital.
After a difficult period at Barcelona, Fabregas is keen to return to the Premier League, where he made his name with Arsenal. Mourinho has been alerted to the Spanish international’s availability by his representative Darren Dein.
Chelsea will have to fight off staunch competition from Manchester United, however, who are willing to offer Fabregas a significant pay increase. Manchester United need to rebuild their squad under new manager Louis Van Gaal after a disastrous season saw them finish seventh. Fabregas currently earns €5 million a season at Barcelona, with Man Utd willing to pay upwards of €6 million to convince him to join. They are also preparing an offer of €40 million.
Chelsea, worried about Financial Fair Play, will not be able to offer the same salary, but can offer Fabregas Champions League football. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal may be interested in bringing him back to the Emirates Stadium, a move he would surely prefer to either. Arsenal can also sign Fabregas for only €36 million, due to a buy back clause.
Manchester City have also supposedly met with Dein.