Belgium international in line to become world’s highest-paid shot-stopper

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois is reportedly close to being rewarded with a new Chelsea contract which would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. The 25-year-old has been the Blues’ undisputed number one over the past three seasons and the club are prepared to agreed upon a bumper contract to ward off any potential interest from Real Madrid.

According to The Sun, the Premier League holders are willing to surpass the £200,000-a-week barrier for the first time in their history as they seek to extend Courtois’ stay beyond June 2019. The ex-Genk graduate has regularly been linked with a return to Madrid where his family is presently residing but the Belgian appears content to discuss an extension after having lifted the English crown in two of the previous three seasons.

The Blues have struggled to produce a collective performance this campaign in order to challenge Manchester City for the title but this has not hampered the showing of Courtois, who has attained 12 shutouts in 23 appearances, just one behind Manchester United’s David de Gea (transfermarkt).

Chelsea face-off against Brighton & Hove Albion in this weekend’s Premier League meeting at the Falmer Stadium after which they have a testing League Cup semi-final second leg at Arsenal. The first leg at Stamford Bridge ended in a rather dull 0-0 draw.

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