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Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea’s hierarchy that he will not sign a new contract and is prepared to join Real Madrid on a free transfer next year, according to reports in Spain.
The Belgium international will only have a year remaining on his deal this summer and has claimed he will not contemplate signing an extension until the end of the campaign.
Chelsea must now decide whether to cash in on the 25-year-old this summer, or risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season.
According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Courtois has told Chelsea that he has no desire to sign a new deal but is happy to see out his contract.
The report also claims that the Belgian intends to join Real Madrid once he leaves Stamford Bridge.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are in the market for a new long-term replacement for Keylor Navas and Courtois is on their shortlist.
Courtois’ family already live in Madrid and the Belgian has admitted that returning to Spain would be a factor behind his decision to not extend his deal with Chelsea.
‘I love my children to death,’ Courtois told VTM Stadion in December.
‘When you miss them, you are sometimes wondering – shouldn’t I play in Spain in the next few years?
‘That’s why I want to take my time to make a decision on that contract extension.’