Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois is set to reject a new contract from The Blues
The reason for the possible rejection from Courtois might be due to his family issues. The Belgian goalkeeper rejected Chelsea’s previous contract offer, demanding wages equal to that of Manchester United’s David de Gea.
Courtois has just 18 months left on his contract and Chelsea is still pondering whether to agree to his wage demands or not. However, Standard Sport understands even if Chelsea offer Courtois wages in excess of £200,000 per week, they won’t be able to convince him to renew his contract.
What’s the story?
While the 25-year-old is fully committed to Chelsea, he has two young children living away from him in Madrid. Courtois met their mother Marta Dominguez in 2013 when he was at Atletico Madrid. The pair separated after some time and Marta currently resides with her son and daughter in the Spanish capital.
Courtois, being a professional athlete, does not get to see his children as much as he would have liked. Henceforth, the Belgian is seeking a permanent solution to the issue, which ultimately means a switch to Madrid. Real Madrid could provide him such an opportunity.
Los Blancos have been chasing Courtois since Jose Mourinho was the manager at the Bernabeu. They failed to sign the goalie once, as Chelsea slapped a £73 million tag on the Belgian’s head. Real are closely monitoring Courtois’s situation at Chelsea and the Blues will be helpless if they fail to tie up the 25-year-old before the summer transfer window.
A true sportsman, and a key figure at the Bridge, Courtois hasn’t allowed his personal issues affect his game so far. He has won two League titles and a League Cup during his tenure in London.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants the board to agree to terms with the duo of Courtois and Eden Hazard amidst Real Madrid transfer talks. Conte said, “I hope that at the end of the season Thibaut and Eden will sign a contract. But it is the responsibility of the club to try to do this.”
He further added, “They are great players, especially because they have space for improvement. They are young and it would be great to keep them with us.”
Chelsea host Atletico Madrid at the Bridge tomorrow, and victory against the Rojiblancos will ensure a first-place finish ahead of AS Roma. However, Conte still fears finishing top of their group might not guarantee an easy round of 16 draws for the Blues.
He told Standard Sport, “We want to reach the first position in our group. But even if Chelsea finishes first, we risk getting Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus. So, it doesn’t change a lot if we finish first or second.
Conte continued, “The most important thing is we are going through. But for our ambition, it would be right to win and arrive first. This game is important; we have to play well to improve our confidence. “
Chelsea must seek to resolve the issues Courtois is going through and try to retain him at all costs. Losing out on a world-class goalkeeper would not go well down the Chelsea management. With Real Madrid lurking, the Blues need to find a way so as to make Courtois stay at the Bridge, anyhow. As for Madrid, this would be a further boost in their pursuit to sign the Belgian. Again, his salary would not be an issue at the Bernabeu, and he’ll have ample time to spend with his Children in Spain.