Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he wants a return to Atletico Madrid in near future and may not sign a contract extension with the Blues in order to force a move back to La Liga.
Courtois joined Chelsea from Belgian side Genk and spent three seasons on loan with Atletico where he won the La Liga, Copa Del Ray and Europa League trophy.
The 24-year-old keeper also revealed that he even cried when his time in Spain was over and till date longs for a reunion with the Los Colchoneros.
In a rather shocking interview with Marca, Courtois said: “I feel half Spanish. When I said goodbye I had a bad time. I had cold blood, it was not easy. I cried.
“Atletico is a family club. I still feel their love.”
On being asked if he wants to return to Atletico, Courtois answered: “Yes, but not only because of the club, but how Madrid is and the whole country.
“From the first minute I fell in love with Spain for its people, lifestyle, food… I still eat dinner and then have an afternoon nap, most of the television I see is Spanish… I am half Spanish.”
Courtois is contracted with the Blues until 2019 and is in no hurry to sign a new contract to extend his stay in Premier League.
After winning the league in 2014, the Belgian international suffered a mediocre 2015/16 season and is yet to put a string of victories under the new manager Antonio Conte.
Diego Costa expressed similar desires earlier in the season when he openly admitted his fondness to rejoin Atletico Madrid but the move fell through.
Atletico meanwhile have not made any comments about wanting to re-sign Courtois and are perhaps hoping for the player to force his move through where they can get him for cheap or even on a free transfer.