Courtois prefers Atletico Madrid return to Premier League loan

The 21-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper is adamant that he would rather stay at the La Liga club for another year instead of gaining experience at a mid-table English team
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says that he would prefer to stay at Atletico Madrid for another year in order to play Champions League football, rather than go to a mid-table Premier League team to build up experience in England.

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The 21-year-old also believes that gaining top-level European experience could bolster his chances of appearing for Belgium at World Cup 2014.

"We have not made a decision on my future. We will wait until the end of the season," Courtois told reporters, "but I have spoken to Chelsea and they have allowed me to make a decision.

"Now I'm focused on Atletico and Belgium. My dream is to increase my level and play in the World Cup in 2014.

"The Premier League is different to Spain. I think Chelsea want me to adapt with a loan deal but I would prefer to play for Atletico in the Champions League rather than a team which fights for eighth place in the Premier League.

"I know Chelsea don't want to loan me to another big English team and I understand that but it is a difficult situation."