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Simeone: Courtois cheap regardless of price

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says Thibaut Courtois would be “cheap” no matter what price it would take to tie up a permanent deal.

The Belgium international is currently enjoying his third consecutive year on loan at the Liga high-flyers from Premier League title contenders Chelsea.

Courtois left Genk to sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge in July 2011, but he has been unable to usurp Petr Cech as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Chelsea are understood to be keen on retaining the 21-year-old’s services, though rumours have suggested he could move for a fee in the region of €26million.

And Simeone believes the youngster would represent value no matter the cost.

“For me anything we pay for Courtois is cheap,” he said.

“He’s a young guy with a huge future and is on track to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“Signing a goalkeeper of his calibre would be a big step. It won’t be easy. It depends on what Courtois wants.

“We know what the club needs to do but it’s not up to us, he’s not our player.”

Wed 22 Jan, 2014
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