Thibaut Courtois Committed To Chelsea For At Least One More Season

Belgium international Thibaut Courtois has stressed that he is committed to Chelsea for the remainder of his contract. The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months with the European champions said to be planning a squad overhaul of their squad. Earlier last month, Courtois cited that his heart is in Madrid where his children are presently resided, but he has now clarified that he will remain with the Blues for the final year of his contract.

He told Evening Standard: ā€œIā€™m committed to Chelsea. I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it. 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.ā€

Courtois had an off day against Barcelona in the Champions League, where he could have done much better with two efforts from Lionel Messi, and he will be hoping to put in a better performance in the FA Cup this weekend. Blues boss Antonio Conte has gone with Willy Caballero for the earlier rounds of the Cup competition, but he could be tempted into playing Courtois in the quarterfinal at Leicester City.

Unlike in previous seasons, the FA have decided to scrap through the replays for the last-eight stage, and the Blues need to find a result at the King Power Stadium against a Leicester side, who are unpredictable with their style of play. Leicester had failed to win a single league match through the month of February before beating West Bromwich Albion by a comfortable margin last weekend.