Gary Neville wants Thibaut Courtois back at Chelsea

Neville wants Courtois back at Chelsea
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Gary Neville wants to see Thibaut Courtois become Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper next season.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed that Chelsea should make Thibaut Courtois their first-choice goalkeeper next season.

The Belgium keeper has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since 2011, and played an important role in Los Rojiblancos' 3-1 triumph over the Blues in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday night.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Neville said that while Petr Cech is still an excellent shot-stopper, Courtois is "somebody special".

He said: "I would say it would be harsh on Cech. He was voted by the PFA, his fellow players, as being the best goalkeeper in the league this year - and I actually put him in my team of the season.

"But if you are talking about the future and grabbing a goalkeeper back who is going to play for you for the next 10 to 15 years then he just looks a massive talent.

"I think they would have to [bring him back] and that would potentially be harsh on Petr Cech because I think he's a top goalkeeper. He's maybe not at the level he was at in 2005, but still a very good goalkeeper. However, they look like they've got somebody special there."

Atleti will meet local rivals Real Madrid in the final later this month.

Thibaut Courtois celebrates Atletico Madrid scoring against Barcelona on April 09, 2014.
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