Blues want goalkeeper to sign new long-term deal but Courtois has informed club he has no intention of staying, leaving Chelsea facing nine days to decide whether to cash in now or write off £35million
THIBAUT COURTOIS has told Chelsea he will not sign a new
deal with the club and will walk away next summer on a free
transfer unless they sell him in the next nine days.
Chelsea are desperately trying to persuade Courtois to reject
the advances of Real Madrid and commit his long term future
to the club by agreeing a lucrative new contract.
But the 26-year-old has informed the Blues he has no intention penning a new deal and unless they let him leave this
month he will see out the remaining 12 months of his contract
and walk away for nothing.
That leaves Chelsea facing nine days to decide whether they
are willing to write off £35million by insisting he stays at
Stamford Bridge this season.
And Ritescore understands part of the problem is the club do not want to spend more than £20million on a new keeper – leaving them scraping around the market for a cut price
potential replacement for one of the most highly-rated stoppers in the game.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he wants the chance to
speak face to face with Courtois in order to convince him Wet
London is the best place for him to be for the next five years.
But the keeper is not due back for pre-season training until
next week, just two days before the transfer window in the
Premier League slams shut until January.
And it is understood Courtois has already made it clear that
nothing will change his mind and convince him to sign a new
Chelsea deal, because he is set on moving to Madrid to be
closer to his young family.
Chelsea’s struggles in the league last season and failure to
qualify for the Champions League has been one of the things
that has concerned the player.
But deep down the main issue is he just wants to move back
to Spain and live close to his two children who are being
brought up in Madrid.
Courtois wants to be close to them as soon as possible,
ideally this summer, and the worst case scenario would be for
him to wait a further year.
But that is the final cut off point in his mind, and there appear
nothing the Blues can do to change that position because the
keeper just wants to live close to his kids.
Yet unless they bring in a new keeper by deadline day on
August 9, Chelsea will have little option than to keep Courtois
and see him run down his contract.
That would see them write off the £35m Real are willing to
pay to sign him, and also mean they would then have to fork
out another sizeable sum next summer on a new number one.
Yet so far Chelsea have let it be known then only want to pay
£15m-20m on a keeper this year, seriously reducing the
amount of viable options for such a key position.
Kasper Schmeichel has been a target but Leicester value him
in excess of £45m, while Stoke’s Jack Butland would also be
a long way out of reach at that money.
So all of a sudden England reject Joe Hart has become one
option, with Manchester City looking to offload him as he
enters the last year of his own deal at the Etihad Stadium.