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Chelsea round-up: ‘Keeper demands new deal; set to miss out on top target; striker discusses future


Chelsea round-up: ‘Keeper demands new deal; set to miss out on top target; striker discusses future

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois appears to be keen to remain at Stamford Bridge as the Belgian told the press, as quoted by The Sun, that he wants to put pen to paper on a new deal as soon as possible. He said:

“I am very happy and there is no doubt I will stay. 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.”

Currently in training with Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side, Courtois has been in good form for Chelsea this season, picking up the Golden Glove for the highest number of clean sheets of any Premier League goalkeeper this season.

However, it seems unlikely that he will be joined by Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk as the Mirror report that the Southampton centre-back is closing in on an agreement with Manchester City to see him move north rather than to London, with both Chelsea and Liverpool likely to be disappointed at missing out on one of their top targets.

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For £60 million, Van Dijk would not come cheap but Blues fans will be disappointed to miss out on one of the most solid central defenders in the Premier League as he has continually improved on the south coast at St. Mary’s.


Whilst Van Dijk could complete an early move in the transfer window, striker Alvaro Morata is in no hurry to decide his future as he revealed that he will not rush into any move – whether it is to Chelsea or not – as the Daily Star report on his post-match comments having beaten Juventus to win the Champions League with Real Madrid. He said:

“I don’t know, it doesn’t depend only on me. I’m happy here, it’s my dream to be here, we’ve just won the Champions League and I’m not thinking about anything other than celebrating. The only thing I’ve done is play, train and enjoy things with my team-mates and it doesn’t depend on me. To return to Madrid and win the Champions League is incredible. We have matches with the national team. After that, we’ll see.”

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Like with most of the season, the Spanish international was forced to watch on from the stands and was only introduced as a second half substitute in the 4-1 victory in Cardiff.

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