Chelsea contract talks with Courtois on hold for a year despite Real Madrid interest
Chelsea have not spoken to Thibaut Courtois about a new contract for a year despite interest from Real Madrid.
Rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Courtois has just over two years left to run on his deal. Chelsea are expected to offer the 24-year-old fresh terms but Standard Sport understands no talks have taken place yet.
He is one of four keepers on Real Madrid’s list to replace Keylor Navas as first choice in the summer, along with David de Gea, Hugo Lloris and Benfica’s Ederson Moraes.
Brazilian Ederson is the cheapest option out of the quartet, which could prove to be significant with the Spanish giants preferring their biggest signings to be attacking players.
Chelsea put a £73m price tag on Courtois’ head after Real first enquired about him in 2015 but the fact they have yet to open discussions with Courtois will give the Spaniards some encouragement.
It is believed the subject of an extension was raised 12 months ago but both parties agreed to put any discussions on hold for a later date.
Courtois is paid around £120,000-a-week and has been in superb form.
Speaking to this paper in December, he said: “I am fully committed to this club, I want to win games and to win trophies for this club. I will do my very best for Chelsea.”
Chelsea agreed to remove Christophe Lollichon as goalkeeping coach last summer and appointed Gianluca Spinelli to keep Courtois happy.
However, the Belgian has affection for Spanish football, having enjoyed three years on loan at Atletico Madrid between 2011-14. He has a Spanish girlfriend, who lives in Madrid, and they have a daughter together.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is determined to keep Courtois, although he wants his players to concentrate on winning the title race, which may explain why no offer has been made.
Chelsea are 10 points clear of their closest challengers, Tottenham, with 12 matches remaining.
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