Chelsea to re-open contract talks with Belgian star


Chelsea are set to continue talks of a contract extension with Thibaut Courtois’ resentatives before the end of the season, according to the Telegraph.

Last week the Belgium international revealed that the negotiations over a new deal had stalled. According to some reports, Courtois is demanding a big pay rise to his current £120,000-a-week deal, and Chelsea seem to be uncertain whether they’ll be ready to grant that wish. The club made him a new contract offer back in May, but the wage wasn’t satisfying enough for Courtois to take the deal.

Atletico Madrid have also shown big interest in re-signing their former loan keeper, which only puts more pressure on the head of the club.

Speaking to Guardian, Courtois revealed that he’s leaving the talks for his agent to deal with, as he’s personally focusing on the current season.

“Regarding my contract, that’s something where Chelsea must deal with my agent. I don’t think there have been any new developments. We have so many games at the moment, and I prefer to focus on the team’s matches, my own performances, and there will be time enough towards the end of the season to have talks.”
Thibaut Courtois

Courtois will only have 12 months left in his current deal at the end of the season, meaning that if Chelsea can’t tie him up with a new contract, they will either have to sell him next summer or let him go on a free transfer at the end of 2018/19 campaign.

The 25-year-old has only conceded one goal in his last four games.