Courtois should leave Chelsea, say Goal Singapore readers

The Chelsea goalkeeper, who has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since being bought, will most likely still have Petr Cech ahead of him in the pecking order if he returns
Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has quickly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time at Atletico Madrid.

On loan at the La Liga side for the past three seasons since Chelsea bought him from Genk, the 21-year-old has been a crucial reason for the team's rise to prominence and was voted the league's best goalkeeper last season.

His superb performances have helped Diego Simeone's side establish themselves as genuine challengers to Real Madrid and Barcelona, and they also won the Copa del Rey after beating the former last season.

Already the youngest man to make his debut in between the sticks for Belgium, Courtois's contract is due to expire in 2016 and questions have been raised over his future as such.

He stated last week that he wants his future sorted out before the World Cup in June, claiming that discussions will be held with the Blues soon.

"After those discussions, I will decide what will be the best option for me," Courtois told Sporza.

"I don't want to wait too long; it's not good to begin a World Cup while you're thinking about transfers. I don't want to wait until May or June."

With Petr Cech looking likely to remain number one at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future, Courtois has already warned manager Jose Mourinho that he will not settle for the bench.

As such, Goal Singapore readers believe that he should seek a permanent transfer away from Chelsea, where his future does not appear to lie. 52.5% feel that finding a new club will be his best course of action if Cech remains ahead of him next season when he returns, with a further 34.3% indicating that he should stay and challenge the Czech goalkeeper for a starting spot. Only 13.1% believe he should go on loan again.

Courtois has been linked to Barcelona in the past, as they look to replace the departing Victor Valdes.