Belgian shot-stopper dismisses Chelsea exit talk

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois has expressed his desire to stay put at Chelsea next season irrespective of whether he signs a new deal or not. The 26-year-old is currently contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2019, and talks over a possible extension are yet to proceed.

In an exclusive interview with Sporza, the shot-stopper said that he would like to resolve his future with the west London club before the end of the season, where he is due to link up with Belgium for their World Cup campaign in Russia.

Should this not be a possibility, Courtois is still prepared to stay put with the Premier League holders for the final year of his contract, though the Blues’ board may have to ponder about the goalkeeper’s situation.

Courtois’ future has been a regular topic for the media over the past nine months, and during this period, he has been associated with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, with the latter often regarded as favourites.

Prior to his Blues debut, the Belgian spent three straight seasons on loan (2011-2014) with Los Blancos’ arch-rivals Atletico Madrid, and he has since spoken regularly about his time in the Spanish capital.

More so, his children now reside in Madrid with his mother, and he has previously cited that ‘his heart is set out’ on a probable return to the beautiful city before the end of his professional playing career.

Despite the speculation, Courtois’ immediate attention is on performing to the best of his abilities for the club and country, and he will hoping to return to first-team action over the weekend after withdrawing from the Belgium squad.

Courtois has had a nagging hamstring issue which has hampered his gametime over the past three weeks, but he remains a probable contender to start when the Blues entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby this weekend.

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