Courtois: I don't have an emotional connection with Chelsea

The Belgian has spent the last three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid but insists he is not seen as a loan player by the fans or his team-mates at Vicente Calderon
Thibaut Courtois insists he does not “have an emotional connection” with Chelsea and says he is keen to remain at Atletico Madrid.

The Belgium international, who has spent the past three seasons on loan at Vicente Calderon, is currently preparing to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final, having played a key part in the elimination of his parent club in the semi-finals.

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And Courtois claims he is not seen as a “loan player” by his team-mates, but believes it will be difficult to convince Chelsea to let him stay in Spain for the 2014-15 campaign.

"The fans and my team-mates at Atletico do not see me as a loan player," Courtois told Sport Bild.

"I do not have an emotional connection with Chelsea. They only signed me for €9 million back in 2011. But I have only been to London to undergo a medical.

"Chelsea were already reluctant to send me out on loan last year, but I really wanted to stay with Atletico.

"Everything will start all over again after this season and it will be even more difficult to come to a satisfactory decision."