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Published: 12:15 | 26/3/16

Courtois coy on future

Chelsea keeper linked with Real Madrid move

Thibaut Courtois has refused to commit his long-term future to Chelsea amid reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Belgian enjoyed a productive spell while on loan with city rivals Atletico before being recalled by the Londoners at the start of the 2014-15 season.

The 23-year-old usurped long-standing keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea's starting XI and helped the side win the Premier League title.

However, this campaign has been a disaster for the club and when asked about whether he would remain at Stamford Bridge next year when there will be no European football, Courtois would not commit either way.

“I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know: I still have three years on my contract. We must see what Chelsea want. It is true that it [this season] has changed me. Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better.

“Especially mentally, you have to be strong. But with my character, and having grown up in a family of top athletes, I do not have too many problems with it. I never doubt.”

Courtois, who is away on international duty with Belgium, also claimed the standard of play is higher with his country than at his club.

“The level of training is higher among Devils,” he said. “There are only world-class players (here), while at Chelsea, there are some players a little less rated and we often train with youngsters as well.”

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