Chelsea Football Club are growing increasingly confident that superstar goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will sign a new five-year extension at the club, which will make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world. Chelsea have reportedly met the Belgian goalkeeper’s wage demand of £200,000 per week. The new deal would run till 2023 and the wages will match that of what David de Gea currently earns at Manchester United.
Matt Law of the Telegraph reports that Chelsea have finally caved into Courtois’ demands and hope to tie him up to a new deal at the dawn of the New Year. Their stance has been further strengthened after Real Madrid, who were thought to be favourites to sign the towering goalkeeper turned their attention to Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. After the positive developments, Chelsea too have cooled their interest in Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who they viewed as a potential replacement for Courtois at the Bridge.
Courtois has made it clear to Chelsea that he eventually wants to move to Spain as his two kids live in the country. But that option is all but closed to him as all the top clubs in Spain are well stocked in the department. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have Jan Oblak and Marc Andre Ter Stegen, two of the best keepers in the world, meanwhile Real are set to reinforce by signing the cheaper option in Arrizabalaga who too is regarded as a promising prospect in Spain.
Courtois’s current contract expires in 2019 and he is currently on a salary of a £100,000-a-week deal. Coach Antonio Conte has repeatedly warned the Chelsea board of tying up Courtois to a new deal or face the consequences of losing who he regards as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Along with Courtois, Chelsea are also interested in tying up his teammate Eden Hazard to a new deal, as his contract too will expire soon in 2020.