Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

Chelsea are lining up a two-year contract extension for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as they plot what to do with the Belgium international for next season.

Courtois is currently spending a third consecutive season on loan at La Liga giants Atletico Madrid. So good have his performances been in La Liga that Barcelona have been considering him as a potential successor to Victor Valdes.


The custodian is under contract with Chelsea and has told the Blues he does not want to return to London to sit on the bench which, with Petr Cech still number 1, would likely be his fate.

Now Chelsea are pondering letting Courtois continue his loan adventure for next season, but want to ensure the goalkeeper is not running down his contract away from the club.


The 21-year-old's current deal expires in 2016 and, according to Spanish daily Marca, Chelsea want to extend that by a further two years.

Courtois has enjoyed much success with Atletico Madrid, winning one Copa del Rey, one Europa League and one UEFA Super Cup.

He also picked up the Zamora Trophy last season, awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio in La Liga.

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