Thibaut Courtois has spoken of his desire to remain at Atletico Madrid next season, rather than return to Chelsea.
The 21-year-old shot stopper has enjoyed two successful seasons with the Spanish outfit which culminated in Copa del Rey success on Friday evening, and had indicated that a return to Stamford Bridge is not on his agenda as long as Petr Cech still retains the first choice goal keeping role.
"I want to stay," Courtois said, according to Yahoo News. "I'd rather play in La Liga than be a substitute in the Premier League.
"There's a World Cup and I want to go. Here I will be able to play in the Champions League and there's no better place to play than here. At Atletico I have progressed a lot."
The Belgian international has not featured for Chelsea since joining the club from Racing Genk in the summer of 2011. Since being loaned out, Courtois has commanded a first team role at the Vincente Calderon, tasting Europa League success last season before helping the club to third place in a campaign where he is likely to secure Spain's Zamora award for fewest goals conceded.
With the form of Petr Cech showing little sign of relenting, first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge are likely to be scarce as ever next season. Belgium are poised for a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and with Sunderland's Simon Mignolet's providing his own strong case for the goal keeping spot, Courtois' need for first team football is as evident ass ever.
Despite there being two games left in the season, the goalkeeper was awarded the Ricardo Zamora award by Spanish newspaper Marca earlier this month. The Zamora trophy is awarded to the goalkeeper with the best goals to games ratio, but limited to those who have made at least 28 appearances for their club.
Courtois has conceded just 30 goals this season, a figure that statistically sees him as the league's best goalkeeper for the 2012/13 campaign.