Antonio Conte opened up about Thibaut Courtois current situation at Stamford Bridge
The Blues faithful would be holding their breath in the coming few months over a new deal that could keep their shot-stopper at Chelsea for a longer period of time. Thibaut Courtois will be entering the final year of his Chelsea contract next summer and is yet to pen a new deal with the Premier League champions, with his boss desperate to keep him at the club for a long time.
Having signed for Chelsea is 2011; Courtois eventually joined the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2014 after spending three seasons in the La Liga, on loan with Atletico Madrid. At the Vicente Calderon, Courtois helped Atleti to the Europa League (2012), Copa Del Rey (2013) and the League title (2014) before Chelsea brought him to London.
In his first season with Chelsea, Courtois won the League Cup and Premier League and was a key member for manager Antonio Conte last term as well when they clinched the Premiership once again.
Courtois has two children (Nicolas and Adriana) with his former partner Marta Dominguez who reside in Spain which could influence his decision to return to Madrid. Courtois has also admitted his interest in regrouping with his family, “Everybody knows that due to my personal situation,” Courtois admitted. “Spain attracts me. If it is not now, it will be in some years.”
With European champions Real Madrid showing heavy interest in the Belgian Shot-stopper, his former club Atletico Madrid is also not ruling out the possibility of Courtois returning to Madrid. But with all the transfer rumours and gossip, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke out on his first choice goalkeeper.
In a recent press-conference, Conte stated, “Thibaut has a contract also for next season with Chelsea. We are talking about one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The family is not a problem but I repeat these are private conversations between the player, agent, and club.”
“My only hope is to continue to train him because I’m very happy for his commitment, his behaviours and the atmosphere they have created with the three goalkeepers and the two goalkeeper coaches. I hope to continue to see this situation for many years.”
— Breathe Chelsea (@BreatheChels) December 29, 2017
Courtois is currently on a £100,000 a week deal, but with Chelsea will definitely be willing to offer him a better deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge before he gets into his last year on his current deal.
Despite having a stellar career in the Premier League up until now, Courtois has always been linked with a return to Madrid. Now with his contract situation and Madrid’s interest strengthening day by day, the Belgian’s days look numbered at the Bridge. Antonio Conte might just have to start a hunt for a new goalkeeper before the season ends.