Chelsea to stick with Belgium international next term

Chelsea have reportedly decided to keep hold of the services of Thibaut Courtois for the upcoming campaign. The Belgium international has been regularly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in recent weeks with his Blues contract expiring in less than 12 months’ time.

Earlier this month, there were suggestions that the Belgian could make his way to the European champions with contractual terms already finalised. However, the Blues have since failed to find a suitable successor with the class of Courtois and they have now decided to risk him for the final year of his contract, The Star reports.

The FA Cup holders have endured a difficult summer where the focus has been on probable exits more than arrivals. Despite this, they have been able to keep the core of the squad together and the next week or so could have a key influence on their Premier League challenge next term.

So far, the west London giants have secured just one major signing in the form of Jorginho from Napoli and the Italian has already played an influential role for the Blues during their pre-season campaign. Nonetheless, Sarri is deemed to be disappointed with the slow transfer activity within the club and he is said to want a new centre-back and striker before the August 9 deadline.

A deal for Daniele Rugani has been talked up in the British press over the past month or so but the Italy international has yet to make his mind up regarding the move. On the other hand, the Capital outfit have found no success in terms of signing a new marksman with Gonzalo Higuain recently snubbing them to secure a loan move to AC Milan – with the option to buy.

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