Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has rubbished rumours about him leaving Stamford Bridge. The sought-after Belgian has been linked with a big-money switch to Real Madrid in recent times - but Courtois insists he has no plans to leave the Blues.
Courtois, 24, said he is committed to the club and is determined to prove his worth in the new season. He also said he was keen to make up for Chelsea's woeful performances in 2015/16. "I am very happy at Chelsea and want to stay," he vowed. "I will try to show in every game that I am one of the best keepers in the world."
In March, Courtois gave an interview to a Belgian publication in which he appeared to suggest he wanted to leave Chelsea. However, he has now insisted his comments were misinterpreted.
"I know that I didn't have the best of seasons but there are things that I have said in Belgium which have been misconstrued in England," he reflected, according to the London Evening Standard. "It unfortunately has given the supporters the wrong impression.
"It has put me and Chelsea in a bad light, that's not good. I have never said I wanted to leave or anything. When it looks like I'm being put against the supporters, it's not nice."
Courtois is keen to stress that he has no intention of leaving the west London club and has promised to give his all to Chelsea this season. "Am I upset the fans have the wrong impression of me? Yes, of course," the Chelsea goalkeeper confessed. "I don't want them to think bad of me. In pre-season, I showed the quality I have. People may have had doubts about me."