Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois dismisses rumours of Barcelona move

Thibaut Courtois of Belgium throws the ball during the International friendly match between Belgium and France at the King Baudouin Stadium on August 14, 2013
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois distances himself from reports linking him to Barcelona by suggesting that he will return to the Blues next season.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has rejected reports that he is keen on a move to Barcelona by suggesting that he is prepared to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge next season.

The 21-year-old has revealed that he was offered by Blues manager Jose Mourinho a return from Atletico Madrid this season, but the keeper opted to remain on loan in La Liga in a bid to secure a place in the Belgium team for next year's World Cup.

"I could have gone [back to Chelsea] and it may have worked out perfectly, but then again I may not have been playing and could have risked losing my starting place with the national team," the London Evening Standard quotes Courtois as saying.

"It would have been a risk for the World Cup. Next year? I can afford to take more risks, but for now, the important thing for me as a young player is to reach a higher level."

Courtois signed for Chelsea from Genk in 2011 for a reported £7m.

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