World-class superstar confirms he will remain at Chelsea next season

Thibaut Courtois has stated in an interview that he is set to stay at Stamford Bridge next season, even as we face the very real danger of missing out on Champions League football. The Belgian’s current contract runs out in 2019, and though he is yet to agree an extension, the 26 year-old has expressed his desire for the matter to be wrapped up before the World Cup in June. He has been subject to interest from both the Madrid clubs – Real and Atletico, but looks set to see out his time in West London.

Thibaut Courtois

While this is certainly good news, it could also see us miss out on the opportunity to cash in on the player. If he does decide to start the 2018/19 campaign with us without agreeing an extension, we may be forced to let him go either at a bargain price in January, or even for free the following summer. With the current inflationary environment in the transfer market, we can pocket a cool sum of money for Courtois, who is arguably one of best in the world in his position. World class players at Chelsea are few and far between nowadays, and we will need to be at our best in our business deals to keep attracting quality talent. Without Champions League, that will certainly be a big challenge next season.

Courtois, who is away on international duty at the moment said in an interview to Belgian TV channel Sporza, as relayed here by Sky Sports

“I’m looking calmly forward to it and I know that I will be at Chelsea next year as well.

If I can go to the World Cup with a clear idea – signing a new contract or waiting one more year – I will be relaxed.

I’m still proud to play at Chelsea and I want to win more trophies there.”

The idea situation, of course, will for us to tie him down to a long-term deal before he leaves for the World Cup in Russia. With the season drawing to a close, we haven’t got much time.

Despite being a mainstay in the first team for the past three and a half seasons, Courtois hasn’t exactly become a big character in the dressing room yet. He still needs to improve a couple of areas of his game before being the finished product, and well and truly filling the boots of Petr Cech. He was largely at fault for our recent exit in the Champions League against Barcelona, letting both Lionel Messi goals in the second slip through his feet. They were both at very vital junctures in the game, and he came under heavy criticism for not turning up when it mattered most.

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