Belgium International & Atletico de Madrid 21 year old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is that talk of the "Football Town". Currently & statistically the Best Goalkeeper in the Spanish Liga & after his recent performances, in European Football. An extraordinary Football talent at such a young age.

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If you were in Madrid this morning & you happen to buy the Spanish Sports daily "AS" its front cover had the title that Real Madrid had the young goalie on their agenda for next season. Not a far-fetched idea as rumours are persistent that one of the two current Real Madrid goalkeepers, Iker Casillas & Diego Lopez, will be leaving next year. However, I don´t see Courtois moving from Atletico to play second fiddle. 

Other Football observers are saying, without the fanfare of a National daily front-cover, that Courtois has given his Ok to FC Barcelona next season. As everyone knows Victor Valdes is leaving at the end of the season & there is a "space" to fill. Again, hard to believe as FC Barcelona has already signed German Goalkeeper Ter Stegen & again I don't see Courtois throwing balls at Stegen in the warm-ups.

There is another important element that we need to remind, Courtois belongs to Chelsea FC & is on-loan to Atletico de Madrid. Current Chelsea FC Coach Mourinho will have a huge say on the future of Courtois. Everything indicates that Courtois will be the heir to the Petr Cech goalkeeping throne,  & is continuing with his development & Football growth at Atletico de Madrid while Cech plays out his last top level moments at Chelsea FC.

The player wishes to stay at Atletico de Madrid but the Club has not the "financial power" to sway the plans of Chelsea FC. A big offer that "no one can refuse" can perhaps change the minds of Mourinho or Club owner Abramovich, & there are only a hand full of Clubs with the money necessary, two of them Real Madrid & FC Barcelona. 

Said all this, if you have looked at the "AS" front cover this morning, have a look at the article & take it as it is, good reading with a heavy dose of speculation & marketing for issue selling. The idea is possible, everything in Football is possible, but too early to make such predictions. Lets not forget that there will be a World Cup this summer & this tournament has a way of changing established plans.

Stay tuned!

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