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Father of Chelsea's Courtois plays down Real Madrid link

Thibaut Courtois's father has denied claims that his son has held talks with Real Madrid about a summer transfer.

Reports emerged on Sunday that the Belgian goalkeeper, who is on his third season-long loan at Atletico Madrid, had agreed terms to join the Spanish giants at the end of the season.

However, Courtois' dad made it clear that the Spanish radio station responsible for the report, Cadena Ser, was only trying to weaken Atletico's stance on the situation if the 21-year old happens to depart Stamford Bridge at season's end.

"It's an attempt to destabilise Atletico," Thierry Courtois is quoted as telling La Derniere Heure.

"There hasn't been any contact with Real. Our negotiations with Chelsea still have to start.

"And Chelsea would never let him go that way, when his contract has expired. Thibaut is now focused on the season with Atletico and the Champions League."

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