Chelsea star could leave the Bridge for Barcelona
Thibaut Courtois could be set to leave Chelsea for Barcelona in the near future after the Catalonia club revealed interest in the player.
The Express are reporting that Courtois could be on his way to the Nou Camp as Barcelona are said to be extremely interested in him but the Spanish side insist that they want to keep hold of Victor Valdes and are also monitoring Pepe Reina in addition to Courtois.
The Belgian joined Chelsea back in the summer of 2011 after KRC Genk and the London club agreed on a fee of just under £8 million.
He was then immediately loaned to Atletico Madrid for the 2011/2012 season. He was very active during the season as he featured in 52 games, conceding 50 and keeping an impressive 24 clean sheets.
For the 2012/2013 he was sent on loan to Madrid again and again he featured in a similar amount of games. 46 to be precise and he conceded just 35 goals which is an improvement on the season before to suggest that he’s steadily improving as a ‘keeper.
The fact that he kept as many clean sheets for this season as he did for the last is just more proof as to how much he really is developing as a ‘keeper.
Again, Courtois was sent on loan to Madrid for this season and he already has four clean sheets in 10 games. Conceding just seven so far.
It’s not just his stats that have impressed but his performances during the matches. Many see him as the long term successor to Petr Cech or Victor Valdes if you’re a Barcelona fan.
Along with Courtois name mentioned amongst the goalkeepers on Barca’s shopping list, Pepe Reina has also been credited with an interest from the La Liga club.
It would be great to return to Barcelona,” Reina told Radio Catalunya.
“I am very happy that my name is being mentioned, but my goal right now is to put in a good season with Napoli.
“In the summer we will see. I imagine that they will have spoken to a lot of goalkeepers and will have short-listed a number of them.
“We will see what happens next year and we will see what happens with Victor Valdes.”