News Live Scores

'I have never felt so good' - Courtois happy at Chelsea and rules out CSL switch

08:44 GMT 24/01/2017
Chelsea Bournemouth - Courtois
The Blues goalkeeper has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Belgium international insists he is enjoying his time at Stamford Bridge

Thibaut Courtois has sought to bring an end to the rumours suggesting he could be lured away from Chelsea by stating that he has “never felt so good” at Stamford Bridge.

David Luiz hits back at Costa critics

The Belgium international was snapped up by the Blues from Genk in 2011, with his potential spotted early.

With Petr Cech blocking his path to the first team at that time, he was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid.

Courtois would spend three seasons with the Spanish outfit, helping them to La Liga and Europa League triumphs, as well as the final of the Champions League.

He returned to Chelsea to become their undisputed No.1 in 2014 and is fast closing in on 100 appearances for the club.

Speculation continues to suggest that he could be taken back to Spain at some stage, with Real Madrid long-time admirers of his talents, but the 24-year-old has reiterated that he is going nowhere any time soon.

Courtois said: “I have never felt so good since I arrived in Chelsea. On the field, I am good, I make the decisive stops when it is necessary.

Pedro: Perfect Costa happy at Chelsea

“Sometimes I have just one or two to do. Against Hull, it was a little more at the weekend.

“But otherwise, I try to always be ready to help the team. My game has also improved a lot in the last two seasons. I sometimes have a few moments that are very difficult to manage but I’m doing well. I feel very confident right now.

“I like that we are asked to attack the ball and go forwards in any circumstances. There’s a good atmosphere in the group. Lots of jokes and banter but we work hard and we enjoy it.”

While Courtois has regularly been linked with a return to La Liga, a number of team-mates at Stamford Bridge have attracted admiring glances from the Chinese Super League.

Oscar and John Obi Mikel have already made their way to Asia, but the commanding shot-stopper insists he has no intention of treading a similar career path.

Mourinho's previous January deals

He added: “Some players are more concentrated on what they will do after their football career and want to make sure their lives are financially settled.

“I prefer to play in big teams earn a little less money and win trophies.”