Thibaut Courtois: I will be at Chelsea next year
The Belgium goalkeeper’s current contract expires at the end of next season.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he will still be at Chelsea next year, even if he does not agree a new contract this summer.
Courtois has received criticism for some of his performances of late – notably when Barcelona’s Lionel Messi twice scored between his legs – and believes he is subject to greater scrutiny because of the uncertainty over his future.
The 25-year-old’s current contract with Chelsea expires in June 2019, when he could leave for free, so the Blues may seek to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new deal. Real Madrid and Paris St Germain have been linked with Courtois.
The Belgium goalkeeper told Sporza: “I have one year contract (remaining) and feel good at Chelsea.
“At the end of the season we will sit down together. I live there quietly and know that I will be at Chelsea next year as well.
“If I go to the World Cup with a clear idea, sign or wait another year, my mind will be clear at the World Cup.”
Courtois has returned to Chelsea from international duty with Belgium due to a hamstring injury.
⚽️ @thibautcourtois has not recovered from his hamstring injury and left the group. R. Martínez will decide later on who will replace him in the goal 🆚️ @saudiFF. Get well soon, Thibaut ! 👍🏼 #BELKSA #REDTOGETHER 🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/xAt9f1soPw— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) March 25, 2018
Chelsea next play Tottenham on Sunday in a match crucial to their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.