Thibaut Courtois returned to Genk, Belgium to celebrate Christmas with his family.
But that’s not all he did in the few days off he got from Atletico.
On the 26th, the young goalie travelled to London for a series of physical evaluation tests at Chelsea’s training ground.
He visited an ophthalmologic doctor to test his eyes and performed jumping and reaction exercises.
“I will also join a training session and will discuss my future at the club”, Courtois revealed.
“Atlético asked me if I would be interested in a longer stay [in Madrid], but that’s it.”
The tests were positive. “I’ve become stronger”, he stated. “The tests show that I jump 30 cm higher and my reflexes have improved as well.”
“Chelsea were impressed by my handling in stressed situations. It confirms what people have been saying for some time. I remain calm under high pressure.”
“About 200 athletes have undergone these tests and I came out as one of the best. That’s impressive for a 19-year old.”
The Belgian international admitted he sometimes misses his former club.
“Especially their accomodation, the youth department and Guy Martens (Genk’s goalkeeping coach). Atlético have aged facilities, but they’re building a new ground now.”
When asked about Simeone, Courtois stated he had to prove himself again.
He couldn’t say more about next season. “I will have a new evaluation at Chelsea in May.”
Will Courtois be able to convince his new coach? Or is Simeone forced to use him in his starting XI? And will Atleti try to hold onto him for another season?