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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gave a positive update on his contract situation at Stamford Bridge after some reports suggested a possible move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, with also PSG reportedly interested in placing a bid for the 25-year-old. The Belgian’s deal currently expires in June 2019, as Courtois himself confirmed: I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it, I am committed to Chelsea” he told Standard Sport.

“Obviously there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season. All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year. I have no other thing to say. It’s easy when you have only one year remaining that other people might say something”. 

Then he added: “I’m a bit annoyed by it because it’s a talking point and it’s a thing people went to dwell on. But I think the focus now should be on winning our League games to get a top four finish and back in the Champions League for next season as well as going through in the FA Cup. That’s the most important thing and is what we have to do”.

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Speaking to BT Sport after the final whistle at Camp Nou Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois admitted his responsibility in both Messi’s goals:

“I don’t think we deserve to be out, but individual mistakes cost us in both legs,” the Belgium international started.

“The first goal, I did not expect Lionel Messi to shoot from that angle and I was too late in closing my legs. It was a mistake on my part.

“There were missed passes from us and they scored from our mistakes. We defended and played well, hit the crossbar which was unlucky on our side, but the individual mistakes cost us. We have to be honest about that.

“I played against Messi a lot of times, I have already conceded goals like that before. The weakest point is between the legs for a goalkeeper.

“It is annoying, I cannot hide inside, I have to be a man and come out.

“I made some good saves too, but we go out with conceding four goals from four mistakes.”

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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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Once again, after Chelsea‘s draw vs Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, Thibaut Courtois spoke about his possible move to Real Madrid, claiming that, at least at the moment, everything is possible.

“I’m not clear about my future,” Courtois said. “What I said that my heart is in Madrid was misunderstood. I have two children in Spain, in Madrid, and that’s not easy. I have one year left [here] and I’m happy and talking to Chelsea. They have bet on me from the first moment and that is not forgotten. I do not think Florentino Perez calls me, he will call my agent and he will listen to him.”

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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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A very unlucky and disappointing first half for Chelsea at Vicarage Road tonight, with Watford winning 1-0 at half-time.

Antonio Conte’s lads didn’t impress in the first 30 minutes of the game, but things got worse after Tiemoué Bakayoko got booked twice in only five minutes and was sent off.

Willian, one of the best men on the pitch until that moment, was replaced by Cesc Fabregas in order to give more consistence to the Chelsea midifield.

After ten minutes, Thibaut Courtois committed penalty on Gerard Deulofeu, being lucky not to get a red card as well, and captain Troy Deeney gave the lead to the Hornets.


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January signing Ross Barkley will make his first start for Chelsea tonight in the Blues’ Premier League game vs Bournemouth.

Chelsea: Courtois | Cahill (c), Christensen, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Bakayoko, Kante, Zappacosta | Pedro, Hazard, Barkley

Substitutes from: Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Drinkwater, Moses, Fabregas, Hudson-Odoi

AFC BournemouthBegovic | Daniels, Ake, S.Cook, Francis | Fraser, L.Cook, Gosling, Ibe | Stanislas | Wilson

Substitutes from: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, King, Mousset

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In his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Premier League game vs BournemouthChelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed three players are not fit and they won’t be included in the team.

David Luiz is suffering an ankle injury; Alvaro Morata returned to Spain for the funeral of a close friend; Willian is still recovering from the injury he suffered last week vs Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinal.

On the other hand, Thibaut Courtois and Cesc Fabregas are now fit and they will be back on action tomorrow night.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed three players are not in contention for next Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle:

“Morata, Willian, Courtois are out,” the Italian said.”

When questioned on their recovery time, he claimed:

“I don’t know because it’s very difficult to tell today how many days they need to come back.

Morata has got this problem in his back, Courtois received a kick in his ankle, Fabregas trained today with us and tomorrow I will check his form.

Willian is out and he will have a scan today to value the extent of his injury.”

During this afternoon pre-match press conference Conte was also questioned about this winter transfer window, that is about to close but, again, he told he has nothing to do with signings, giving all the responsibility to the club:

“As you know very well the club will inform you if there are any news, as I repeated before and I say every three days, I will be very happy to continue to work with my players, to continue to work with some players, my opinion and my mind doesn’t change after only three days.

“I am repeating always the same thing, I am the coach, my task is to try to do the best for this club and to try to improve my players.”

As I said before, for the transfer market there is the club, I don’t speak about this, if there are news they will inform you

When asked if he will be at Chelsea next summer, Conte replied:

Nothing has changed since last summer, I am happy to for with my players and to work for this club, I am happy to try to put everything, all myself, for this job every day.

“I think every competition is important, in Carabao Cup we tried to go until the final, we reached the semifinal and then we lost against Arsenal. Now there is this other competition, FA Cup, we will try to go to next round but as you know very well this competition is very difficult and our opponent have the same idea.”

Conte was also asked about what changed respect to last season with games played every three days in this one:

“I think the players are happy because they want to play every game and this kind of situation is more difficult for the coach, not for the players, because they love to play and don’t have training sessions.”

Ross Barkley made his debut with Chelsea shirt against Arsenal last Wednesday and the manager revealed he is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata’s injury, we don’t have other options.”





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