Liga - Courtois confirms Mourinho talks, refuses to be drawn on future

Thibaut Courtois has confirmed he has spoken with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho but didn’t reveal if he was to stay at Atletico Madrid.

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Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres vie for the ball at Stamford Bridge (Reuters)

Courtois has spent the last three years on loan at Vicente Calderon from Stamford Bridge, helping Atletico this season to the League title and Champions League final.

He even played against his parent club in the Champions League semi-final and said he felt his situation changed with that game.

“My future seemed clear but then we played in the Champions League,” Courtois told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure.

“And yes, Mourinho called me before the [final League] game against Barcelona.

“What we talked about stays between us. I have a two-year contract with Chelsea, so in principle I will be there for training, then we’ll talk.

“This isn’t the time to think about a transfer. There’s a World Cup at stake.”

Courtois elaborated on the summer tournament, saying that if he doesn’t get the nod to start, he’ll accept the coach’s decision.

“I’m ready. I trained Friday and Saturday and I’m in good shape,” Courtois revealed. “But I haven’t played with this defence and it’s different with Atletico.

“If [Coach Marc Wilmots] chooses [Simon] Mignolet, I can’t argue.”

Courtois also shared his experience of losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid, explaining how deeply he was affected.

“I felt empty and I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I woke up several times through the night thinking about Sergio Ramos’ header.

“I nearly stopped it. I only missed by a few centimetres. But we can’t forget that we won the title this season.”

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