Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be returning to Stamford Bridge after spending three seasons out on loan with Atletico Madrid.
Courtois initially joined the Blues in 2011 from Genk, singing a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee but he was immediately loaned out to the Spanish side.
The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best young stoppers around, helping Atleti to claim the Copa del Rey, Europa League, European Super Cup and La Liga title during a very successful three year stint.
The Belgium international almost crowned off his time with the La Liga champions by adding the champions League title to his CV but Los Rojiblancos were defeated in the final by rivals Real Madrid.
Speculation over the future of Courtois has been growing and Mourinho has now ended any uncertainty by revealing he will be with the Premier League side next term.
Mourinho said: “When the World Cup is over, Courtois will come straight back to Stamford Bridge – end of story.”
The Chelsea boss also confirmed that Courtois Atletico team mate Diego Costa is still high on his wishlist and he hopes to complete a deal for £32million following the conclusion of the World Cup.
“I am extremely confident we are going to get him and he’ll end up signing for Chelsea. Costa is a player I want in my team. I’ve asked the club to bring him in.”