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In the last few days Petr Cech not only expressed his frustation on how goalkeepers are selected to play games in different competition at Arsenal, but also he revealed this process was better when he played for Chelsea.

At Chelsea we never decided which competition you play, it was a game by game process.” Cech said as a guest on BBC’s Match of the Day. “If you kept playing well then you were fit and you didn’t need rest then the manager had his choice to pick the goalkeeper for the competitions. Sometimes I would sit a game out or be on the bench but it would not be decided, ‘You play this competition, you play this competition’. I enjoyed that because I love this competition for example, to be involved and play FA Cup games. Any other competition makes it a bit more spicy and special”.

At Arsenal and with Arsene Wengerthings, however, are different: “I had known prior to the season that David would play the FA Cup games. Obviously I would love to play the competition as well but you have to respect the manager’s decisions.” Cech went on. “I ended up playing the quarter-final and semi-final [last season], but then I didn’t play the final so I had some part in the process. It’s about respecting your colleague and your coach’s decision. Obviously you can tell you would prefer the other way but it’s the decision of the coach.”

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Few years ago, Willy Caballero helped Manchester City when they won the League Cup at Wembley vs Liverpool.

Now the Argentinian goalkeeper is performing very well in the Blues’ run in the current Fa Cup and he hopes to lift another trophy at Wembley in just a couple of months.

For me, it’s a fantastic competition and I don’t have this trophy, so for sure I want to win the FA Cup,” Caballero told Chelsea official website.  “Everyone at Chelsea and our supporters want this too. Southampton will be a tough game for us, like Leicester were. We will head to Wembley to play them and have to fight as we did against Leicester and then hopefully we can reach the final. I think we now have a good break [the international break] but the most important thing for the team would be to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League. But of course we have the chance to win a trophy in the FA Cup and that is what we want to do. So we will go to Wembley for the semi-final and hopefully we can do both things – finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.” 

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According to Goal.com Real Madrid is not the only club to pursue Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois but Paris Saint Germain has also target the Belgian player.

Goal reports that Courtois’ dad, Thierry, met PSG officials in London last Monday in order to discuss a possible deal for the next summer transfer window.

The Paris side are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they target an upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and the 25-year-old Courtois has been earmarked as one of the top candidates.

The Belgium international’s existing deal with Chelsea is due to expire come June 2019 and he is currently negotiating a + £200,000-a-week in contract renewal with the Blues.

Courtois has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, though, as he has admitted more than once that he would like to return to Madrid since his two children live there with their mother, so to be closer to his family.


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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois explains the discontent in the dressing room after suffering their seventh defeat in Premier League yesterday at Old Trafford:

“I am very disappointed, I think all the team are,” stated the Blues player after the setback.

“The first half we controlled, we dominated them in their home and we played so well. We scored a goal and then we could have had another one and it is annoying to concede another sloppy goal like on Tuesday against Barcelona. So we went in 1-1 at half-time when we should be leading.

“In the second half Man United started to control the game, it was more equal, and I don’t think they really deserved to win more than us. But that is football and the second half they had more chances but we could have won as well.’

The Belgian keeper considered why the second half proved more matched in performance level between the two sides.

“They maybe changed a bit so as to not let us so much on the ball.

“They dropped back and they kept three men up for the counter-attack, so they had seven plus the goalkeeper to defend so it is always dangerous. You have to prepare the counter-attack well, and we did that well in the first half. The second half they tried to have more possession, we tried as well but it was a bit harder, so it was a more equal game.”

Chelsea currently sit fifth in the Premier League with 53 points, 2 points behind Spurs who are in the fourth place while Arsenal are a further 8 points back but have a game in hand.

“It stays the same, it is tough,” Courtois said on the latest state of the quest for Champions League qualification.

“City are obviously far away but for the second, third and fourth spot there are five teams so it will be hard until the last match of the season. But I think we have enough quality as we saw on Sunday and we showed it against Barcelona. I think we are a very good team but there are some other good teams around us as well.”

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois reveals he’s got a permanent bond with Spain and Madrid and he will be back in the Spanish capital one day.

Transfer market rumours have been linking him to Real Madrid in the past couple of years and the Belgian player fostered them claiming he will be back in the city where he lived three years with Atletico one day:

“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” the stopper said to Sport/Foot Magazine (H/T the Evening Standard).

My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on FaceTime. She often tells me that she misses me. My son is still too small to communicate like that.

“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to return to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.

“If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We’ll see. But they have not done that. What is certain is that one day I will return to Madrid. I love Spain, I love the city, I spent three wonderful years there [with Atletico Madrid]. It is there that I became an adult.

I understand that the rumors are coming back today, as we are talking about a new goalkeeper there [at Real]. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.”Courtois also revealed that renewal talks are heading in a positive direction, also noting that the Blues’ intention to renew compatriot Eden Hazard‘s deal is a huge factor.

“We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January,” he added.

“There is no rush, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will extend. I am happy here and I see a club that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signs are positive.

“Their desire to also extend Eden Hazard’s deal reassures me.”

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois slams Blues fans after they booed the team at Stamford Bridge following today’s goalless draw – the third one in a row- against Leicester.

Antonio Conte’s side offered a really discouraging performance in the clash against the Foxes and the people attending the game showed their disappointment after the final whistle booing their own team:

“It doesn’t help when the fans boo and whistle after each misplaced pass,” said the Belgian goalkeeper, who was a protagonist in the match with an unbelievable save on Ndidi’s header in the first half that helped his team to keep a clean sheet.


“We didn’t play well but that’s when we need the fans behind us.”



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Thibaut Courtois, whose deal with Chelsea will expire in summer 2019, hasn’t renewed his contract with the Blues yet and Eden Hazard, whose deal with the Stamdford Bridge side will end in summer 2020, is in the same situation.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about this in today’s press conference, stressing the fact that the club is doing everything to offer them a new deal so to keep them in West London but, as we could understand from his words, the Italian boss is not sure the negotiations will be successful.

Real Madrid are believed to be really keen on both of them with another Spanish giant, Barcelona, and PSG ready to enter in possible race two sign the two Belgian players:

“He’s got a contract also for next season with Chelsea,” Conte said speaking about Courtois.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and my staff and I are proud to have him as keeper, we’re proud to create this synergy with the 3 goalkeeper, I am very happy to have them, I hope to keep them for the next season.

“As you know very well there is a private conversation between the agent and the club, of course I hope he will stay, he is a very good goalkeeper and a very good guy.

“For sure when you are in a great club, a great project, you want to stay, I guess the family is not a big issue, there are private conversation among club, agents and players and of course I will be very happy if he will stay with us, with this great synergy also with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeper coach.”

Eden Hazard  is believed he rejected a new contract with Chelsea and was also very close to join Real Madrid last summer, but his ankle injury stopped the deal:

“My answer is always the same, this is a private conversation among club, agents and player. I can say the same I just said for Eden, I am proud to have him in my squad, I am very happy to work with him, he’s a really good guy, he’s space to improve but I repeat the club and agents take care of this.”

About him staying at Chelsea next season and the upcoming transfer window, Conte said:

“I am very happy to stay here and to work with these players, I guess the transfer market and this window can be important if we are able to bring the right players. I am a coach, I have to work with my players, the club take care of th transfer market, they will decide if they have to improve the team.

“You’re talking about two important players for us, for sure it will be very important to continue with this kind of players, it’s very important to improve your team, not to sell your best players.”


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Chelsea are confident that Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will extend his deal to stay put at Stamford Bridge in spite of interest showed from Real Madrid.

Courtois, who is a transfer target of the La Liga champions, has been linked with a return to Spain following his successful spell at Atletico Madrid (on loan from Chelsea) from 2011 to 2014.

Anyway, Chelsea board will reportedly offer Courtois a £240,000-a-week contract to make him the best-paid goalkeeper in the world.

The Belgian star currently earns a fee in the region of £100,000-a-week, while Manchester United star David De Gea gets a weekly salary of £200,000.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are ready to offer a new contract to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The deal will be worth in excess of £200,000-per-week, including bonuses and this will make the Belgian player the best-paid goalkeeper in the world.

Thibaut  Courtois is a target of European champions Real Madrid and this new contract offer may convince the goalkeeper to stay at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admits he is very much impressed by goalkeepers every time the Blues train in the gym.

The keepers dominate the gym. They’re powerhouses. Massive!” – Cahill told Coach magazine.

Then the defender reveals also the exercises he performs when he trains in the gym and his relationshp with food. “In the gym I’m usually doing a lot of core work and upper-body work. They’re the main things for my position. I do some leg work but not as much because of the workload we do in training” – Cahill went on – “For my core I do sit-ups and planks and I use the weighted cable machine that helps to work your trunk. For upper-body work I do bench presses, overhead presses, biceps curls and a lot of dips. The main thing is understanding your diet. We’re lucky in that respect because we have food made for us and we’re trained to understand it”. 


It seems Real Madrid want to sign Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso during the next summer transfer window, but now according to reports by Don Balon and The Daily Star another Spanish big team...