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Courtois targets English loan

February 15, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed he wants to play for another English club on loan before making his Blues debut.

Thibaut Courtois
GettyImagesThibaut Courtois is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid

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Courtois, 19, moved to Stamford Bridge from Racing Genk in the summer and is currently on a season-long loan at Atletico Madrid.

With 29-year-old Petr Cech still first-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea, though, it appears it may be some time before the Belgian makes a competitive appearance for his parent club.

"I think that before going to Chelsea," he told RTBF. "I have to play one or two years in another English team to discover the football played there. After that, we'll see if I am ready to move to Chelsea. It's hard to say now."

Courtois, who arrived at Atletico as a replacement for David De Gea, has received plenty of praise for his performances in La Liga.

He said: "At first it was difficult. When I arrived, I found myself alone at the hotel. I almost wanted to cry. My team-mates helped me. I learned the Spanish language and all is well now."

He added: "If Madrid wants me to stay one more season and Chelsea accept, we'll see."