Chelsea star stalling on a new deal

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is in no hurry to extend his current contract with the club which expires at the end of next season.

“There will be time enough towards the end of the season to have talks.”

“The thing for me, the most important thing, is to perform well for myself and the team.

“Regarding my contract, that’s the thing where Chelsea must deal with my agent. I don’t think there have been any new developments.” said Courtois.

The 25-year-old shot stopper has grown into one of the best goalkeepers in the world since he joined Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in 2011.

Courtois was initially loaned out to La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid before returning to Stamford Bridge at the start of the 2014/2015 season and taking Petr Cech’s place as the club’s number one keeper.

The Belgium international has enjoyed plenty of success during his time in London, winning two Premier League titles and the league cup.

News of the keeper’s reluctance to commit to a new deal at Chelsea will of course alert long-term admirers Real Madrid.

Courtois is fluent in Spanish and has often spoken of his love for the lifestyle he led in Madrid. Los Blancos Chairman Florentino Perez is said to be eager to replace current keeper Keylor Navas between the sticks at the Bernabeu, so that may well have a part to play in Courtois’ decision to stall on putting pen to paper on a new deal at Chelsea.

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