Chelsea have decided to stick with Thibaut Courtois the next season after their pursuit of a suitable replacement end unproductive. Courtois has already entered the final year of his contract with the club and it has recently been claimed he would be joining Real Madrid.
The Star reported that Chelsea have apparently decided against selling Courtois despite the goalkeeper having entered the last year of his current deal with the club. The reports added that Chelsea have not managed to find a shot-stopper worthy of replacing the Belgian this summer and he could now leave the club on a free transfer next summer.
As such, Chelsea’s decision to keep him should satisfy the goalkeeper as well, although the club could be affect financially, should he still continue with his contract standoff.
Courtois, at the moment, is on an extended break following his exploits for Belgium at the World Cup in which he bagged the tournament Golden Gloves but the £120,000-a-week ace is expected to report for training before the Blues’ Premier League opener against Huddersfield Town next weekend.
Chelsea also have likes of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on extended breaks and their new head-coach will be hoping to have them into starting lineup at earliest possibility ahead of what could be a testing campaign ahead.
Chelsea have endured a rather quiet summer transfer window and so far, they have made just one major signing in the form of Jorginho from Napoli. Aside from him, former England international Rob Green has been brought into the ranks on a Bosman to provide depth in the goalkeeping department.