The player continues to be linked with a summer exit
Chelsea are expected to overhaul their side this summer after an underwhelming Premier League and Champions League campaign last season. They finished 5th in the league and will miss the Champions League in the upcoming season.
The Blues have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager last week after sacking Antonio Conte and also completed the signing of midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, the club’s first summer signing.
They have been behind in the transfer window in comparison to other Premiere League clubs but with their managerial situation sorted it is expected that it will finally kickstart their transfer plans.
One of the unexpected areas The English Side might have to strengthen is between the sticks as Thibaut Courtois continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, as they sim as a long term successor for Keylor Navas.
The Belgian goalkeeper returned to the club from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014 after he enjoyed 3 successful seasons on loan in Spain. Since then he has been the mainstay between the sticks and has established himself as one of the best Goalkeepers in the world.
The Belgium International is considered as one of the most important members of the Premier League giants and has already won 2 Premier League, 1 FA Cup and 1 League club with the club. He made 46 appearances for the club last season but missed out on Champions League qualification.
The 25 year old was one of the stand out players in this year’s World Cup as he helped Belgium to reach the semi-finals. He also won the World Cup Golden Glove.
But he has been stalling on signing a contract extension at Stamford Bridge for a past couple of months and shown no signs of signing a new one. He could leave on a free transfer next year when his contract expires.
And Sarri even admitted that he is unsure about Courtois future and claims it depends on the player himself.
“Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, I don’t know in the future, it depends on the club, and especially on him I think,” The 59 year old said as quoted by Mirror.
“I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper.”