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Thibaut Courtois will return to Chelsea this summer

José Mourinho has confirmed that
Thibaut Courtois will return to
Chelsea for pre-season, following
his two-year loan spell at Atlético
“When the World Cup in Brazil is
over, Courtois will be coming
straight back to Stamford Bridge –
end of story,” the Portuguese told
The Belgian has yet to play for
Chelsea competitively after his
move from Genk in 2011 and has
been on loan at Atlético Madrid
for the past three seasons, with
his performances in the last
campaign integral in helping
Atlético to the La Liga title and to
the Champions League final. He is
now widely regarded as the
world’s most accomplished young
Currently with the Belgian World
Cup squad as they prepare for
their opening game against Algeria
on Tuesday, the 22-year-old
revealed earlier this week that he
would only be happy to return to
Chelsea if he was Mourinho’s No1
choice. “Do I want to be No1
wherever I play next season? Yes,
I think with my age and the
performances I had I want to
play. To be on the bench is not
the nicest thing.”
Chelsea’s decision to recall
Courtois puts real doubt over the
future of Petr Cech, who has
largely been unchallenged for
Chelsea’s jersey since his arrival
at the club in 2004. As he is just
32 years of age, there would be no
shortage of suitors for his
Mourinho also mentioned that he
has “total confidence” in bringing
Diego Costa to Chelsea. “Costa is a
player who I want to have in my
team,” he said. “I’ve asked my
club for him and I have total
confidence that we’re going to
achieve it and he will end up
signing for Chelsea.”
Chelsea have already started their
summer rebuilding after failing to
win a trophy last season, with the
club this week announcing the
signing of Cesc Fábregas from
Several first-team players are also
set to leave the club this summer,
but Mourinho insists midfielder
Ramires will not be one of them.
Reports in Spain suggest Real
Madrid’s former Chelsea boss
Carlo Ancelotti is keen on taking
the Brazil international – who the
Italian signed from Benfica in
2010 when he was in charge at
Stamford Bridge – to the Bernabéu
this summer.
However, Mourinho is adamant
the 27-year-old is not going
anywhere, saying: “Ramires is
staying at Chelsea, he’s not for
sale. I have a great relationship
with important people at Real
Madrid and they know that
Ramires is going to stay at
The Portuguese, who left Madrid
last summer to return to Chelsea,
also rubbished speculation he was
looking to raid the European
champions for any of their
players. “They (Real Madrid)
know that Ramires isn’t going, but
they also know that I’m not
interested in any Real Madrid
player,” Mourinho added.
(Raphaël) Varane and (Sami)
Khedira? I repeat that I’m not
interested in any Madrid player,
full stop.”

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