Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois plays down comments on Spain move

Thibaut Courtois has attempted to calm tensions with Chelsea supporters by playing down the notion that he is pining for a return to Spain.

Last month, Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois angered fans by giving an interview to Madrid-based newspaper Marca in which he said he considers himself "half-Spanish" and intends to reassess his future at Stamford Bridge when he enters the final year of his contract in the summer of 2018.

Real Madrid have regularly been linked with a move for Courtois, who spent three highly successful years on loan at rivals Atletico before displacing Chelsea legend and fan favourite Petr Cech as the No. 1 goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.

"I understand the commotion with the Chelsea fans, but I just meant [in the Marca interview] that I want to return to Spain one day but it can also be after my career," Courtois told Play Sports.

"I'm happy to be at Chelsea. For how long we will see, but now I want to win prizes with this club."

Courtois kept only his second clean sheet of the season in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Hull City on Saturday, with head coach Antonio Conte switching to a 3-4-3 system in an attempt to provide greater protection for his struggling defence and goalkeeper.