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Thibaut Courtois is refusing to sign a new deal at Chelsea, so he can join Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The Belgium international’s contract expires in the summer of 2019 and Chelsea are looking to tie him down to a longer contract.
Spanish newspaper Marca via the Express are claiming Courtois isn’t ready to sign a new contract at Chelsea.
They claim the goalkeeper wants to move back to Madrid where he spent three years with Atletico.
Courtois has established himself as one of Premier League’s best goalkeepers since returning to Chelsea and Abramovich is willing to do everything possible to keep him. However, there is a growing feeling amongst people at Stamford Bridge that Courtois wants to leave.
Real have long be looking to replace Keylor Navas and wanted Manchester United’s David De Gea as a replacement but United’s reluctance to sell means they have to turn to Courtois.
In the summer, Courtois agent revealed he is in regular contact with Real over the goalkeeper and it could well be a case of the Spanish giants tapping up the 25 year old via his representative.
Whether Chelsea will be able to fight hard to keep Courtois remains to be seen. Personally, I am indifferent about this, while the Belgian is a top goalkeeper, I think there are some realistic targets like Jan Oblak and Jack Butland that can comfortably replace him.