Saturday 20 January 2018

'Obviously I need a new deal' - Thibaut Courtois provides update on Chelsea future

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea celebrates winning the league following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea celebrates winning the league following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said that he would be willing to stay with the Premier League champions but that the club must offer him a new deal if they wish to keep him beyond 2019.

After spending three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, Courtois returned to Chelsea in 2014 where he signed a new five-year contract under former manager Jose Mourinho that will keep him with at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Courtois started 36 of 38 games for Chelsea last season, as Antonio Conte's side cruised to a fifth Premier League title, with the Belgian international keeping a league high 16 clean sheets.

Champions League winners Real Madrid have been repeatedly linked with a move for the 25-year-old, who still has family in the Spanish capital from his time with Atletico, but Courtois insists that he intends to stay with Chelsea as long as the contract offer from the club matches his own estimations.

"I am very happy and there is no doubt I will stay," Courtois told Sky Sports News.

"My contract runs out in two years so obviously I need a new deal. It's important I finish the season well with the national team and then maybe Chelsea will speak with my agent.

"If it's a good deal I will be very happy to sign."

Courtois is currently away on international duty where he could miss Belgium's upcoming friendly with the Czech Republic on Monday, after suffering a bout of hayfever which left his eye badly swollen.

However, the the former Genk goalkeeper is expected to be fit for Belgium's World Cup qualifier with Estonia just four days later, where international teammate Romelu Lukaku is also expected to play.

Lukaku's immediate club future has been the subject of intense speculation following his agent Mino Raiola's revelation earlier this week that a verbal agreement is in place with Lukaku's club Everton that will allow the striker to join "certain clubs" this summer.

One of the clubs understood to be interested in the 24-year-old is Lukaku's former side Chelsea, who sold the player to the Toffees for £28 million back in 2014.

With Diego Costa's future at Stamford Bridge still very much undecided, the Blues are reportedly searching for a replacement for Costa should the Spanish international decide to play elsewhere next season.

Antonio Conte's side have been heavily linked with a move for the powerful Belgian, who finished second Tottenham striker Harry Kane for last season's Golden Boot, with Courtois very much open to the idea of seeing his international teammate make a return to Stamford Bridge next season.

"Romelu is a great player so if he decides to go to Chelsea or Chelsea decide to sign him I would be happy to see him in the dressing room in July," added Courtois.

"I guess if it's the right offer he might go. It's up to him to decide."

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