Mourinho insists Chelsea "won't struggle" to keep Courtois
The Chelsea manager responded to a story in AS that his former club Real Madrid were considering making a bid for the Belgian goalkeeper, currently on loan at Atletico.
Real Madrid will have to fight hard if they are to realise their ambitions of signing Thibaut Courtois.
That's the message of Chelsea manager José Mourinho, who has responded to speculation that the goalkeeper, owned by the west London club but on loan at Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons, could remain in the Spanish capital next season by joining Real.
"We won't struggle to keep him. He has two more years of contract," said Mourinho in his Friday press briefing, following a story published by this newspaper that Madrid president Florentino Pérez plans to buy the Belgian goalkeeper from Chelsea.
"When you want a player and the player has two more years of contract, it is easy to say that we have no problems.
"If somebody wants him, we have to know. It is easy for us."
Courtois is one of the first names on Diego Simeone's team sheet each week but the goalkeeper has repeatedly stated he is not keen on a return to Stamford Bridge as an understudy to Petr Cech.
Alluding to this, Mourinho said: "I don't need to give assurances to any player. A player that has a contract with Chelsea, has a contract with Chelsea."