Last Updated: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:54
Highly rated keeper Thibaut Courtois believes his long-term future is still at Chelsea despite taking up another loan spell in Spain.
The 21-year-old was expected to remain with the Blues for the current campaign as the understudy to regular shot-stopper Petr Cech.
However Courtois, who has enjoyed two previous spells with Atletico Madrid, decided to go back for a third loan spell at the Vicente Calderon to play regular football this term.
The youngster has established himself as the first choice keeper with the Belgian national side, and with his country looking likely to make the World Cup in Brazil next year, Courtois has insisted he could not risk sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge in the period leading up to the major tournament.
Despite another spell in the La Liga, the former Genk keeper, does see his future with the Blues.
He told the Daily Star: "The club and Jose Mourinho wanted me back for this season.
"They also considered the option of sending me out to a team in the Premier League.
"But I was not interested in this option. I feel good in Madrid and wanted to play in the Champions League with Atletico.
"I could have gone back to Chelsea and it may have worked out perfectly, but then again I may not have been playing and could have risked losing my starting place with the national team. It would have been a risk for the World Cup."
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