The Belgian goalkeeper insists that becoming first choice wherever he ends up next season is the most important thing but stresses that nothing has been settled yetThibaut Courtois says that he will have to be Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper if he is to return to Stamford Bridge next season.
The Belgian has been on loan at Atletico Madrid from the Blues since 2011 and his form in the Spanish side's title-winning campaign has prompted some to suggest that he may be staying with the London club next season instead of returning to Atleti either temporarily or permanently.
However the 22-year-old, who helped to secured the Primera Division crown on Saturday, is adamant that he would not be happy to play second fiddle to Petr Cech should he remain with Jose Mourinho's side for 2014-15.
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"We have the Champions League final [on Saturday] and then the World Cup so now is not the time to think of the future. I have two years [left on my] contract with Chelsea so we will see.
"If I move somewhere, I will play. With my age, what I want, the most important thing for me, is to play.
"We will see what happens but Petr is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he won the golden glove in the Premier League and I have a lot of respect for him so we will see what Chelsea decide and what they plan to do. You guys will see the decision [then]."
And Courtois, who will travel to Brazil with the Belgium for the World Cup in June, admits that his success with Diego Simeone's side has taken him by surprise.
"When I joined [Atletico] three years ago it was not sure I would stay three years," he added. "I stayed one year and said I would see.
"We won the Europa League, the European Super Cup and then the next year it was the Copa del Rey and now it's the [league] title. It was unthinkable to achieve all of those things."