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Thibaut Courtois claimed he has no intention to leave Chelsea: the Belgian goalkeeper was often linked to Real Madrid but speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser he stated he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge:

“I have two more years of contract left,” Courtois said.

“In London everything is going well for me and I am happy. At the moment we have not talked about a renewal. Now we are focused on winning the league, even though we have a ten-point advantage.

“Both the club and the coach want to keep calm now and not think about renewals.”

His current deal runs out in 2019 and he admits he can’t see himself moving to Spain anytime soon.

“We will see at the end of the season whether they offer me something, but at the moment there is no offer.

“Would I like to be offered a new deal? Sure.”

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Bournemouth placed a £ 10m offer for Chelsea second keeper Asmir Begovic and Blues boss Antonio Conte admitted the club and him are considering it:

Asmir is an important player for me, on and off the pitch, he knows that. It’s true there is this offer, the club and I are evaluating this offer, it’s right to find the right solution. We are evaluting this, the club and Asmir knows my position, that is that he is an important player for me.

Speaking about Chelsea third goalkeeper Eduardo, that can become the second one should Begovic move from the Blues in this transfer window, Conte said:

“He is a great sign for us, for sure, he arrived to be the third goalkeeper, the positions are very clear in my mind and my team, he is working very well, he’s helping me, Thibaut and Asmir, he helps the goalkeepers coaches. Now he is the third keeper, for Sunday we have this situation for sure, then we will see.

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Thibaut Courtois explains how Chelsea‘s mentality changed after the defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal last September and how the Blues could win 12 games in a row since then:

“We knew that maybe our mentality was not right in those two games we lost against Liverpool and Arsenal.

“They were tough games and we didn’t have the same intensity as Arsenal or Liverpool. If you don’t put the same intensity in as the other side, you will not win that kind of game.

“So that’s why we talked as a team about making a step up at that point, because we didn’t want to have the same season as last year. We needed to step up and that’s what we did.

“Obviously with the current run of wins of course we would say we are doing maybe better than expected after a bad season last year.

“We are top of the league with more points than we had after this many games when we were champions two years ago.

“So that says we are doing well but we have to keep on working hard and fighting a lot against the teams who defend more and are hard to break down. We will try to do our best and keep the run going.”

Courtois has kept ten clean sheets during this impressive wins’ run and has not been beaten in over 400 minutes in the recent games:

“If you can win games and keep clean sheets it gives confidence to all the team and to the goalkeeper especially,” he concluded.

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Thibaut Courtois helped Chelsea to secure three points at Sunderland last night with a couple of stunning save, especially one in the very last minute of the injury time.

The Blues number one was ofter criticised by the fans in the past year for some comments that gave the impression he wasn’t fully commit to Chelsea, but the Belgian keeper wanted to make things clear after the win against the Black Cats:

“I think sometimes my comments didn’t come out the way I meant.

“I can understand they [the Chelsea fans] were frustrated, but I never meant it that way. 

“They can clearly see that I am fully committed to this club, I want to win games and to win trophies for this club. I will do my very best for Chelsea.”

The Blues supporters will surely appreciate these words, that then was asked about his saves, Courtois added:

“It was good that I went to warm up again at half-time just to have that feeling of the ball again, to keep warm. The Januzaj save was only two or three minutes into the second half and I was ready for it. The last save [from Van Aanholt] was a huge one because I had to take it a bit behind my body.”

“It’s good that our title rivals would have come back into the dressing room having won, Liverpool for example, and will have been thinking, ‘Damn, Chelsea won as well.’ That’s a good thing for us.

“On Saturday we are the first team to play [at Crystal Palace], so we have to show that we can get three points and then the others are under pressure to win as well.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Marco Amelia is edging ever closer to join Serie A side Bologna following the injury of both Antonio Mirante and Alfred Gomis, according to reports in Italy.

The 34-year-old Italy international is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Chelsea at the end of the season.

Amelia joined Chelsea in October 2015 while Thibaut Courtois was recovering from an injury but did not feature with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

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In spite of Chelsea interest in Fraser Forster, Southampton are set to offer him a new contract, according to The Daily Mirror.

It is understood Thibaut Courtois wants to leave Chelsea and then Fraser Forster has been linked with the Blues, but Saints are already starting to open talks to keep Forster for longer than the two years remaining on his contract.
Then Chelsea will target the Southampton 28-years-old goalkeeper if Thibaut Courtois decides to leave to return to Spain.

 

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Petr Cech will move to Arsenal this summer © Francesca Ceciarini

Petr Cech who has been the fifth wheel at Chelsea this season could be on his way out this summer.

Cech has spent a decade at the club but could leave the club in the coming transfer window after making appearances during cup competitions only this term. So, it is believed the 32 years old is looking for a club where he could be the first choice.

He is not expected to spend another year on the bench watching teammates play. According to the former goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini, the Blues goalkeeper should join AS Roma, saying:

“I know him, he is a great friend of my son, they often see each other in London.He is an excellent goalkeeper, from the standpoint of professionalism and efficiency.
Cech has hardly featured this season under Jose Mourinho following the signing of Thibault Courtois.

“Recently it has only been used in flashes because Mourinho has preferred Courtois, who in my opinion is the best in the world now.

“Cech is a goalkeeper for dependability, a certainty that Roma need. He would be the rock on which to build something good.”

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Chelsea’s goalkeep Petr Cech has hardly featured in important games this season contrary to Thibault Courtois and is looking to quit the club this summer.

The keeper has mostly been on the bench this season since Thibault Courtois signed for the Blues last summer. Asked whether or not he has come to term with it, he said:

“I’m used to playing 50 or 60 games a season, not 15 or 20. That’s a big difference.”

Although Courtois and Cech are getting on really well with each other, the 32 years old added:

“It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo. But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this. It is no secret that I want to play more. The situation is the same, it hasn’t changed. But at the end of the season it will be solved.”

This must be really hard for Petr Cech who has been the undisputed no.1 keeper for a decade and has just started four games in Premier League.

 

 

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