Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois says he will reveal next week whether he is staying at Atletico Madrid or returning to Chelsea at the end of the season, with reports in Spain suggesting that he is set to prolong his loan spell in La Liga one more season after signing a new deal with the Blues.

The future of the Belgian goalkeeper has been under scrutiny in recent weeks, with some reports claiming that Real Madrid are also vying to secure his services.

But Courtois has rubbished that speculation, claiming that he has only two options on his mind.

"Next week, maximum in two weeks, I will announce my decision. There are just two options, staying at Atletico Madrid or return to Chelsea," he said in an interview wish Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper is currently enjoying his third season at the Vicente Calderon Stadium where he has built a reputation as one of the finest shot stoppers in Europe, helping them to Europa League and Copa del Rey successes, while this term they are battling for the La Liga title and the Champions League.

According to the reports in Spain, Chelsea are willing to let Courtois stay in La Liga if he agrees to renew his current contract at Stamford Bridge, which expires in 2016.

Mourinho wanted him back at Stamford Bridge but it is expected that he will finally allow Courtois to stay at Atletico, as the keeper is unlikely to come back to West London without the guarantee of a starting place ahead of Petr Cech.

And reports claim that Courtois will finally accept to sign a new deal with Chelsea in order to fulfil his wish to stay in La Liga, as the agreement will be beneficial for both parts.

Indeed, earlier this week Spanish newspaper AS reported that the Blues are close to completing the signing of Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow to replace the Belgium international.

Courtois was once again Atletico's best player during their 1-1 Champions League draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

He made three amazing saves to thwart Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, and allow his team to secure a vital draw ahead of the return leg, which will be played at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

"We've got an away goal, so it is a good result [in Barcelona]. we hope to make a good game at home to try to play the same way, defend well and score a goal" Courtois said after the game.