Exit talk upsets Courtois

Thibaut Courtois

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois insists he is happy at Chelsea and has no desire to leave Stamford Bridge.

Courtois, who has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid in the past after impressing during his loan spells with city rivals Atletico, is adamant that the rumours suggesting he is keen to return to Spain are wrong.

The 23-year-old, who is 6/5 to keep a clean sheet on Monday evening when Chelsea entertain West Ham United, says the speculation started in March when he was misquoted in an interview he gave in his homeland.

He told the London Evening Standard: “I am very happy at Chelsea and want to stay. I will try to show in every game that I am one of the best keepers in the world.

“I know that I didn’t have the best of seasons but there are things that I have said in Belgium which have been misconstrued in England.

“Am I upset the fans have the wrong impression of me? Yes, of course. I don’t want them to think badly of me. My objective, together with the team, is to get back to winning the League and show that Chelsea are one of the best sides in the world.”

Chelsea finished tenth last term, but can be backed at 11/2 to win the Premier League title this season and are 7/1 to beat West Ham 2-0.

Courtois said of Monday’s match: “It is very important we get off to a fast start to the League. We will then have something to build on and have some positive energy in the club.”