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Petr Cech suffers broken finger and major doubt for Chelsea v Wigan

Cech a major doubt for Wigan game after breaking finger… so stuttering Chelsea could have to rely on error-prone Turnbull

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

16:02 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 4 February 2013

Petr Cech is a major doubt for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan on Saturday after he was forced to withdraw from the Czech Republic squad for their friendly against Turkey on Wednesday night.

The goalkeeper broke his little finger during the 3-2 loss at Newcastle on Saturday and although the injury is not thought to be serious, Chelsea may have to field reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull on Saturday.

Turnbull came in for heavy criticism for his performance in the 2-2 FA Cup draw at Brentford last month and Chelsea failed in a late bid to bring England goalkeeper Jack Butland to Stamford Bridge as cover.

Doubt: Petr Cech broke a finger during Chelsea's loss at Newcastle

Doubt: Petr Cech broke a finger during Chelsea's loss at Newcastle

Double blow: Chelsea lost the game 3-2 to add insult to Cech's injury

Double blow: Chelsea lost the game 3-2 to add insult to Cech's injury

Their third option in goal would be to call on 37-year-old Hilario, who has not played since August 27 2011.

They're not able to call upon 20-year-old Thibaut Courtois, who although expected to be the future long-term keeper at Chelsea, is still on loan at Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

Loss: Cech is a major doubt for Saturday's match against Wigan which could mean a start for the error-prone Turnbull (below)

Loss: Cech is a major doubt for Saturday's match against Wigan which could mean a start for the error-prone Turnbull (below)

Errors: Turnbull has made lots of mistakes

Petr Cech is injured leaving Ross Turnbull in goal for Chelsea

Cech injury blow leaves Chelsea reliant on Turnbull to keep them in title race

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 31 December 2012

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in the title race with goalkeeper Petr Cech sidelined by a groin injury.

Reserve stopper Ross Turnbull stepped in for Cech at half-time during Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Blues are currently unsure how long Cech will be kept out for, with further tests needed to determine the recovery period.

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Turnbull, who was relatively untroubled during the 45 minutes he played against Everton, is likely to start on Wednesday against Queens Park Rangers.

The 27-year-old's only appearance prior to Sunday this season was in Chelsea's 6-0 victory over Wolves in the Capital One Cup.

Cech said after the game: 'I think it was in 40th minute when I was punching the ball away and when I jumped I felt pain in my right groin.

'I finished the half knowing I would not be able to continue after the break. We will see how serious it is. We will know more after the medical check that I undergo tomorrow.'

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's back-up keepers, Turnbull and Henrique Hilario, are unsuitable to replace Cech over a long period of time.

The club have highly-rated Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid and if Cech's injury proves to be severe they could recall him.

Courtois is likely to fight for the No 1 shirt at Chelsea next season with both Turnbull and Hilario making way.

Thibaut Courtois is likely to stay at Chelsea next season

Chelsea set to keep Courtois at Stamford Bridge next season… but Barca are sniffing around

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 23 December 2012

Chelsea are intending to keep goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge after his loan spell with Atletico Madrid ends, but they will have to wrestle him away from the lure of Barcelona.

The 20-year old remains in Madrid until the summer and, although his current deal with the Blues expires in 2016, he could earn a big pay rise if he agrees new terms.

He was snapped up for just six million euros (4.9m) from Genk in August 2011 and is now in his second loan spell with Atletico, succeeding David de Gea after his transfer to Manchester United.

Highly rated: Thibaut Courtois has impressed in his displays for Atletico Madrid

Highly rated: Thibaut Courtois has impressed in his displays for Atletico Madrid

The Belgian stopper kept 15 clean sheets over 38 appearances last year and helped Los Rojiblancos to finish fifth in La Liga.

After his impressive year, Courtois requested an extended loan period, which Chelsea agreed to, but his performances have sparked interest from Barcelona.

Chelsea regard him as a long-term successor to Petr Cech and him staying with the club next season could mean both deputies Ross Turnbull and Hilario are off-loaded.

Barcelona want Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois

Barca eye swoop for highly-rated Chelsea keeper Courtois as Valdes replacement

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UPDATED:

07:05 GMT, 17 December 2012

Barcelona reportedly want Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois as a replacement for Victor Valdes.

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid and has caught the attention of the Catalan giants.

Barcelona have yet to make an offer but have sounded out the Stamford Bridge club about his availability, according to The Sun.

Wanted: Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is a target for Barcelona

Wanted: Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is a target for Barcelona

Courtois cost Chelsea 8million from Genk in 2011 and was immediately loaned to Atletico as a replacement for David de Gea who joined Manchester United.

The Belgian penned a five-year deal and is due to return to London at the end of the season.

But Chelsea must decide if they want to cash in on the prospect.

West Ham want Thibaut Courtois and Andrej Kramaric

West Ham want to bring in Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Courtois on loan

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UPDATED:

08:13 GMT, 2 November 2012

West Ham have expressed an interest in Chelsea's Belgian No 1 Thibaut Courtois – who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper cost the Blues 7million from Genk in 2010 but he is in his second season at Atletico as he bides his time behind Petr Cech.

Courtois won the Europa League in his first season at the Vicente Calderon but The Sun are reporting that West Ham want to bring him back to England.

No 1: Courtois is a regular for Atletico and Belgium

No 1: Courtois is a regular for Atletico and Belgium

No 1: Courtois is a regular for Atletico and Belgium

Striking it rich: Kramaric will cost 1.2m

Striking it rich: Kramaric will cost 1.2m

Chelsea do not want to sell Courtois but they are thought to want to loan him out to a Premier League club next season as Cech is still only 30.

Meanwhile, the Hammers are also looking to add to their attacking options in January with a move for Croatia Under 21 striker Andrej Kramaric.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Lokomotiva from Dinamo Zagreb in his homeland and he has caught the eye with 14 league goals in a breakthrough season.

Italian Serie A side Chievo are known to be tracking Kramaric but talkSPORT are reporting that West Ham are ready to rival them with a 1.2million bid.

Kramaric has scored three goals in six Under 21 internationals and would add to a striking department at Upton Park already including Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga.

Belgium 2 Scotland 0 – match report: Craig Levein hurtling towards sack

Belgium 2 Scotland 0: Kompany rocket sends Levein hurtling towards the exit

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UPDATED:

21:04 GMT, 16 October 2012

A question mark hung over Craig Levein's future as Scotland manager as hopes of salvaging their World Cup qualifying campaign were shattered by a 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

The Scots headed into the match in Brussels sitting second bottom of Group A and still seeking a first win which was desperately needed to boost their slim hopes of reaching Brazil in 2014.

But second-half goals from Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany just a minute apart meant the dramatic victory against one of the section favourites failed to materialise on another bitterly disappointing night for Scotland.

Roaring success: Belgium defender Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring the second goal

Roaring success: Belgium defender Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring the second goal

MATCH FACTS

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Witsel, Chadli, Mertens (Mirallas 55), Dembele (Hazard 45), Benteke (M'Boyo 86).

Subs not used: Mignolet, Ciman, Van Buyten, Defour, Lombaerts, Vossen, Simons, Guillaume Gillet, Jean-Francois Gillet.

Goals: Benteke 69, Kompany 71

Booked: Chadli

Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Berra, Caldwell, Fox, Maloney, Morrison (Phillips 79), Darren Fletcher, McArthur, Commons (Mackie 45), Steven Fletcher (Miller 76).

Subs not used: Gilks, Mulgrew, Cowie, Adam, Martin, Webster, Marshall.

Booked: McGregor

Attendance: 44,047

Referee: Mauricio Morales (Mexico)

Click here for the latest World Cup Qualifying results, fixtures and table

Levein made one change from the side
who lost to Wales, with Wigan midfielder James McArthur drafted into the
starting line-up in place of Scott Brown.

The Celtic skipper was forced to
withdraw from the squad with an ongoing hip problem that forced him out
of Friday's clash in Cardiff at half-time.

Injury to Marouane Fellaini should
have been a boost for the Scots but they still faced a Belgian side
packed full of talent in the shape of players such as Kompany and Thomas
Vermaelen.

The home side were even in a position
to name Eden Hazard on the bench, confirming speculation he would not
start the game at the King Baudouin Stadium.

Belgium looked dangerous right from the first whistle and a Gary Caldwell error allowed Dries Mertens to burst into the box.

But goalkeeper Allan McGregor came to
the rescue and blocked superbly at both attempts by Mertens to deny the
home side the opener early on.

Fortunately for the Scots, McGregor
was on top form and he also saved well from Nacer Chadli at the near
post before diving bravely to the feet of the same player to snuff out
another threat.

Deadlock broken: Christian Benteke (second left) celebrates with team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (right)

Deadlock broken: Christian Benteke (second left) celebrates with team-mate Kevin De Bruyne (right)

Head boy: Benteke (top right) rises highest to nod home past Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor

Head boy: Benteke (top right) rises highest to nod home past Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor

After a period of intense pressure
from the Belgians, a mis-hit shot from James Morrison caused more
problems than it should have for Thibaut Courtois.

The goalkeeper looked more convincing
when he prevented a curling free-kick from Shaun Maloney from finding
the top corner after Kris Commons was fouled just outside the box by
Moussa Dembele.

At the other end, Chadli was given
enough space to unleash a thunderous strike from 25 yards that whistled
inches past the post, before Dembele and Mertens both saw efforts fall
wide of target.

Fighting for his job: Scotland manager Craig Levein is now under huge pressure following another defeat

Fighting for his job: Scotland manager Craig Levein is now under huge pressure following another defeat

The game's up: Scotland's defence know they have a mountain to climb after conceding in Belgium

The game's up: Scotland's defence know they have a mountain to climb after conceding in Belgium

With half-time approaching, Scotland
threatened from another free-kick, with Commons forcing a decent save
from the keeper on this occasion.

Both sides made a change at the interval, with Jamie Mackie replacing Commons and Dembele making way for Hazard.

The Belgians hit the woodwork within
five minutes of the restart when Benteke threw himself in front of Toby
Alderweireld's cross only to see his header clip the crossbar on the way
over.

Sharpshooter: Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard strikes a free kick at Scotland's goal in Brussels

Sharpshooter: Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard strikes a free kick at Scotland's goal in Brussels

Kevin Mirallas was thrown into the
action for Mertens, before McGregor was shown the first yellow card of
the game for time wasting on the hour mark.

The breakthrough came for the Belgians
after 69 minutes when Benteke bulleted home a header at the back post,
eventually beating the impressive McGregor.

On the attack: Belgium midfielder Dries Mertens (second left) gets his shot past Alan Hutton (centre)

On the attack: Belgium midfielder Dries Mertens (second left) gets his shot past Alan Hutton (centre)

Who, me Belgium's Nacer Chadli reacts after conceding a foul against Scotland

Who, me Belgium's Nacer Chadli reacts after conceding a foul against Scotland

Belgium doubled their lead a minute
later when Kompany collected from Hazard on the edge of the area and
rifled an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

It was a crushing blow for the Scots, who replaced Steven Fletcher with Kenny Miller, with just over 15 minutes to go.

Blackpool's Matt Phillips was then
handed his competitive debut, confirming his allegiance to a Scotland
side whose slim hopes of reaching the World Cup finals were, by then,
left in tatters.

I want to break free: Mousa Dembele (left) attempts to shake off Scotland midfielder James Morrison

I want to break free: Mousa Dembele (left) attempts to shake off Scotland midfielder James Morrison

Tussle: Vincent Kompany (left) fights for the ball with Scotland's Steven Fletcher (right)

Tussle: Vincent Kompany (left) fights for the ball with Scotland's Steven Fletcher (right)

Wales 0 Belgium 2: Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen strike

Wales 0 Belgium 2: Premier League stars Kompany and Vertonghen slay 10-man hosts

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 7 September 2012

Superb goals from Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen gave Belgium victory in Cardiff over 10-man Wales in their opening World Cup qualifier.

Injury-hit Wales had made a solid start against the Group A favourites but their good work was undone when James Collins was shown a straight red for a reckless lunge on Guillaume Gillet after 25 minutes.

Manchester City skipper Kompany capitalised to give the visitors the lead with a header three minutes before the break, with Vertonghen sealing the three points with an unstoppable free-kick late on.

Thunderous: Vincent Kompany (left) powers his header home

Thunderous: Vincent Kompany (left) powers his header home

Take that: Jan Vertonghen smashes in the second goal

Take that: Jan Vertonghen smashes in the second goal

MATCH FACTS

Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Matthews, Collins, Williams, Bale, Blake, Edwards (King 79), Ramsey, Church (Robson-Kanu 71), Morison (Vokes 71)

Subs not used: Brown, Price, Davies, Ricketts, Richards, Vaughan, Williams, Earnshaw

Booked: Williams, Vokes

Sent off: Collins

Belgium: Courtois, Gillet, Vermaelen, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Fellaini, Hazard, Mertens, Dembele (De Bruyne 64), Mirallas (Lukaku 45)

Subs not used: Mignolet, J-F Gillet, Ciman, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Lombaerts, Defour, Simons, De Camargo, Benteke

Goals: Kompany 42, Vertonghen 82

Booked: Gillet, Vertonghen

Ref: Johannesson

There are positives for manager Chris
Coleman to take into Tuesday's next fixture in Serbia, but Wales are now
on a worrying run of four defeats without scoring a goal.

Wales had been heavy underdogs coming
into the game, with Coleman not being helped by a an injury list that
included late withdrawal Joe Allen, Craig Bellamy, Wayne Hennessey, Neil
Taylor, Andrew Crofts and Jack Collison.

But they had made a good start, with a
disciplined defensive display frustrating the classy visitors while
also looking potent on the break.

Wales fashioned the first real chance
as Gareth Bale's cushioned header fell for David Edwards via a
deflection off Vertonghen, but the Wolves man could only find the
side-netting.

Bale carved out another chance after 18 minutes, ghosting past Dries Mertens, but his cross was too high for Simon Church.

The host had a lucky escape at the
other end as Collins brilliantly denied Vermaelen a point-blank header,
before Mertens deflected effort rolled just wide of the far post.

Agony: Guillaume Gillet writhes after being slide tackled by James Collins, who is sent off (below)

Agony: Guillaume Gillet writhes after being slide tackled by James Collins, who is sent off (below)

Off: Collins is dismissed

Annoyed: Collins stomps off

But Welsh hopes crumbled when Collins,
playing his first international since March 2011, saw red after his
terrible challenge on Gillet.

The West Ham defender and his
team-mates seemed exasperated by the decision, although replays did not
suggest he had any grounds for complaint.

His dismissal prompted a reshuffle
from Coleman as Ashley Williams dropped back from midfield into a more
familiar role in the centre of defence alongside Darcy Blake.

Belgium soon began to exploit the
extra space and Mertens should have given Marc Wilmots' side the lead
after 35 minutes, but the PSV Eindhoven winger fired narrowly wide after
cutting in from the left.

Well done: Belgium celebrate with scorer Kompany

Well done: Belgium celebrate with scorer Kompany

Rivals: Aaron Ramsey gets to grips with Mousa Dembele

Rivals: Aaron Ramsey gets to grips with Mousa Dembele

Bale continued to pose Wales' best
attacking threat and another purposeful surge from the Tottenham man
came so close to finding the opener, but Church saw his shot blocked by
Gillet.

And the miss was punished when skipper
Kompany got the better of Blake to head in at the near post from
Mertens' pin-point corner to give Belgium the lead in the 42nd minute.

Belgium looked comfortable and camped
on the edge of the Wales box from the off at the start of the second
half, with Axel Witsel blazing over and Mertens shooting straight at
Boaz Myhill.

Jan Vertonghen with Dries Mertens on his back

Gareth Bale and Mertens

Contrasting fortunes: Club-mates Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale

Adam Matthews denied substitute Romelu
Lukaku an easy finish with a fine defensive header, while Vertonghen
hit the side-netting after linking wonderfully with Eden Hazard.

Wales were clinging on bravely, and
only a sharp save from Thibault Courtois denied them an equaliser from
Bale's fierce free-kick, before Williams headed narrowly wide from the
resulting corner.

Wales were fortunate to escape
punishment when Edwards and Matthews misplaced passes in quick
succession, but on both occasions Lukaku could not control balls into
his feet.

But Belgium put the seal on the win in
the 83rd minute when Wales captain Aaron Ramsey fouled Lukaku;
Vertonghen stepped up to hammer the free-kick beyond Myhill and end home
hopes of salvaging a point.

Tussle: Bale goes in on Dries Mertens

Tussle: Bale goes in on Dries Mertens

Eden Hazard

Mousa Dembele

Star names: Eden Hazard and Dembele featured for Belgium but neither were on top form

Chelsea must keep "pensioners"

It's no time to retire 'Chelsea pensioners' after old guard shine at Wembley

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 6 May 2012

Five Chelsea players, all questioned at various stages of this campaign, have 24 FA Cup-winners’ medals between them and have produced the form to dispute the consensus that they must be culled if the team is to evolve.

Why rid the dressing room of the experience and know-how which Kenny Dalglish believes was the difference in the FA Cup final

Stunning: Petr Cech kept out Andy Carroll's header as Chelsea won the FA Cup

Stunning: Petr Cech kept out Andy Carroll's header as Chelsea won the FA Cup

PETR CECH, age 29

Frank Lampard likened his save to Gordon Banks’ against Pele in 1970 and it will endure as one of the great FA Cup final saves. Luis Suarez clipped the ball to the left post and Andy Carroll connected. His header was on target but Cech somehow forced the ball on to the bar with a strong right hand. ‘From where I was, it was a goal, simple as that,’ said Lampard. ‘Petr won it for us with that save alone.’

Stories of shoulder problems and the rapid progress of Thibaud Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, plus the fashion for keepers who operate further outside their area had conspired to suggest Cech’s time may be up. But he has been immaculate, helped by Di Matteo allowing his back-four to sit deeper. The save at Wembley came after two exceptional displays against Barcelona. ‘We’ve got the best keeper there is,’ said John Terry.

DIDIER DROGBA, 34

Drogba’s last four goals: the opener in the 4-1 comeback against Napoli, the first in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, the only goal in the first leg against Barcelona and the winner in the Cup final.

He is the definition of a big-game player, with eight goals in eight games at Wembley and the record for scoring in four FA Cup finals.

Main man: Didier Drogba scored Chelsea's second goal at Wembley

Main man: Didier Drogba scored Chelsea's second goal at Wembley

A kiss of the turf before he left on Saturday looked like a farewell to a friend. He is thought to be off to China next month but he seems irreplaceable in a team designed to counter-attack.

‘I’m desperate for him to stay,’ said Lampard. ‘He is a magnificent player and his body is a machine when you look at him stripped down. He’s lost no pace and none of his finishing instinct. There’s no-one like Didier, not with the bulldozer thing, the sublime touch and the finish.’

FRANK LAMPARD, 33

Asked to play deeper than he’d prefer and with less freedom, Lampard is proving there’s more to his game than a good engine and a clinical finish from midfield.

On Saturday, there was a feint to shoot and a perfect pass for Drogba to score and in Barcelona he showed the strength to survive the bumps in midfield before finding Ramires for the goal which turned the tie.

Cheers! Frank Lampard remains Chelsea's midfield maestro

Cheers! Frank Lampard remains Chelsea's midfield maestro

Maybe the spell out of favour under AVB has rammed home the logic that he cannot be the marauding Frank of old if he wants to go grey in Chelsea’s midfield.
He has won nine trophies at Chelsea and will be captain in the Champions League final. ‘Ten would be nice,’ he said.

ASHLEY COLE, 31

‘The best left back in the world for many years,’ according to Terry but Cole’s standards slipped this season and he was left out in Napoli before returning to his best under Di Matteo.

He was perhaps the best player over two legs against Barcelona and silenced Craig Bellamy on Saturday as he improved the best personal FA Cup record ever.

Best in the business: Ashley Cole (right) has rediscovered his form

Best in the business: Ashley Cole (right) has rediscovered his form

JOHN TERRY, 31

Stupid in Barcelona and uncomfortable at times against Carroll on Saturday but the captain has been a totem of the revival. Handed a licence to marshal the defence as he sees fit, he was at his best as a leader and central defender. This despite broken ribs in the home leg against Napoli, both games against Benfica and the first Barcelona tie. He will be missed in Munich.

Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois in potential Hamburg loan switch

Arnesen makes Blues move for Lukaku and Courtois in Hamburg loan switch

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UPDATED:

10:26 GMT, 15 March 2012

Frank Arnesen has stepped up his bid to take Chelsea duo Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois to Hamburg on loan next season.

Arnesen, former director of football at Stamford Bridge, now with the Bundesliga club, is hoping he can convince the Blues the move will be in their favour.

Lukaku, 18, cost Chelsea 18million from Anderlecht last summer but has made just three starts this season and talks have gone on this week to try and secure his temporary switch away from west London.

Rare outing: Lukaku has made just three starts this term

Rare outing: Lukaku has made just three starts this term

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Courtois has impressed on loan at Atletico Madrid, but he is locked into another year in Spain as part of the deal.

Arnesen said: 'Lukaku is a great talent, but at the moment everything indicates that Chelsea want him at the club next year.'

Daniel Sturridge benefitted from a loan spell at Bolton last season while Arnesen also signed Chelsea fringe players Michael Mancienne, Slobodan Rajkovic, Jacopo Sala and Gokhan Tore, and took Jeffrey Bruma on loan last summer.

Second fiddle: Lukaku is having to bide his time at Stamford Bridge

Second fiddle: Lukaku is having to bide his time at Stamford Bridge

Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea kid Courtois could be Real deal as Madrid seek long-term Casillas replacement

Real Madrid are considering a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as they start the search for Iker Casillas’s long-term replacement.

In demand: Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Thibaut Courtois

In demand: Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea signed the Belgian from Genk for 7.9million in the summer, but immediately sent him out on loan to gain first-team experience with Atletico Madrid.

The 19-year-old has impressed observers with 11 clean sheets in 24 La Liga appearances and, according to Spanish newspaper AS, his form has not gone unnoticed at the Bernabeu.

Courtois feels comfortable in Spain and has reaffirmed his desire to stay with Atleti beyond the end of his current deal.

‘Chelsea know that I want to stay in Madrid, but the decision is up to them,’ he said.

‘For me, I know nothing. It is just a case of waiting to see what happens. I think they will accept it because they know that I enjoy it here.’

Top drawer: Courtois produces a stunning save in Atletico Madrid's recent match against BarcelonaTop drawer: Courtois produces a stunning save in Atletico Madrid's recent match against Barcelona

Top drawer: Courtois produces a stunning save in Atletico Madrid's recent match against Barcelona