'Barcelona were never an option for Courtois,' says Chelsea loanee's father

Thierry Courtois insists that his son never intended to swap Atletico Madrid and Stamford Bridge for the Catalans giants, who are reportedly chasing Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Thibaut Courtois never intended to swap Atletico Madrid and Chelsea for Barcelona, insists the in-demand goalkeeper's father.

The Belgian has been key to Los Rojiblancos' title charge and was for a long time linked with a switch to Camp Nou from Stamford Bridge - from where he is being loaned out for the third successive season to the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Amid reports that the Catalans have decided to pursue Borussia Monchengladbach star Marc-Andre ter Stegen as Victor Valdes's replacement this summer, Thierry Courtois is adamant that only Chelsea and Atletico have been on his son's mind this season.

"Thibaut isn't disappointed Barca have moved for Ter Stegen," he told Het Nieuwsblad. "Barca were never an option.

"Thibaut is on loan at Atletico until June 30. Only two clubs are important to him - Chelsea and Atletico Madrid - but we'll obviously discuss his future with Chelsea first."

With Courtois's worldwide profile set to rocket further this summer should he star at World Cup 2014 for Belgium, his father says that he will only stay with Jose Mourinho's side next campaign if he is given Petr Cech's spot in the first team.

"There will be no talks with Chelsea over the next few days to discuss Courtois's future," he added. "The only thing they know is that he wants to be first choice next season, wherever he plays."