One of the more interesting stories developing at Stamford Bridge this summer is the future of current number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with his Chelsea future still not 100% clear yet.
The Sun reported last week that the Belgian number one is making the current Premier League champions sweat after refusing to sign a new contract, with Courtois holding out for more money.
And fresh reports from the The Sun on Wednesday afternoon have now claimed that Courtois’ agent, Christophe Henrotay, regularly discusses the goalkeeper’s situation with La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Talking yesterday, Henrotay said: “Thibaut obviously interests the biggest clubs, and therefore the reigning European champions.
“He is a player who wins matches and trophies for you. I regularly meet with Real Madrid’s directors, and Thibaut’s situation has come up for discussion. My role is to keep them up to date with matters.”
This could send alarm bells ringing around Stamford Bridge and force Antonio Conte into acting quickly to deter any potential interest from the Champions League winners, forcing him to meet demands.
It is believed that the 25-year-old ‘keeper is holding out for a weekly wage that runs parallel with fellow Belgian Eden Hazard, who currently earns £200,000-per-week, before committing his future to the club.
Courtois currently earns £80,000-per-week but it is understood that, after starring as Chelsea’s number one for a few seasons now, he believes that he’s worth more to the Blues than this suggests.
And the general feeling now is that, with Real Madrid lurking on the horizon and monitoring the situation in South London closely, Conte needs to move to secure Courtois’ long-term future.
There’s little doubt that the Belgian is one of the best young shot-stoppers in the world at the moment and, for Chelsea to challenge in Europe next year, they will need him standing at the helm.
Since arriving at the Blues from Belgian side Genk in 2011 – and since returning from a loan spell at Real’s rivals Atletico Madrid – he has only gone from strength to strength to develop as an all-rounder.
Quick and agile between the sticks, he has built an innate nature to pull off critical saves when it matters to give his side a lift and his ability under the high ball has certainly lent him well to the Premier League.
Although Chelsea will currently have other priorities on their mind as the transfer window looks set to officially open this weekend – namely Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, as reported by the Evening Standard this month – they need to secure the services of Courtois soon or face losing their world-class goalkeeper.
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