Thibaut Courtois gives Chelsea a huge boost

Thibaut Courtois has denied holding Chelsea to ransom and insists he does want to agree a new deal before the end of the season.

The Belgian keeper, 25, will have just a year remaining on his contract next summer and has has said previously that he is happy to postpone talks until then – despite interest from Real Madrid.

It has since emerged that Courtois is keen to return to Spain at some stage for “family reasons”.

His children live with his ex-partner Marta Dominguez, from whom he separated last year.

The youngsters are being raised in Madrid, where Courtois spent three years playing for Atletico Madrid and winning four major trophies.

Courtois has insisted he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge but is trying to deal with a tricky domestic situation.

“It (my private situation) is not always easy.” he said. “But I’d also seen this coming. I knew that she (his former girlfriend) would return to Madrid, so that has its influence too.

“I love my children to death. When you miss them, you are sometimes wondering: shouldn’t I play in Spain in the next few years? That’s why I want to take my time to make a decision on that contract extension.”

“In the media they’re always talking about money. I’m not denying that it plays a role, but everything has to be in its right place.

“If I sign a new contract, I will want to say to Chelsea: Look, I commit myself for an x amount of years. I am happy here. I like playing for the club, I like London.”

Courtois rejected Chelsea’s opening offer in May. He is understood Courtois wants fresh terms to put him on a par with the Premier League’s highest-earning keeper, Manchester United no.1 David Dea who picks up £200,000-a-week.

“My private situation is always gnawing a little bit, but for the rest I’m feeling very good at Chelsea.” he added.

“I don’t see any reason why I won’t sign a new deal. I just want to consider all options. Everything has to be right. “It’s not the right moment to make hastily decisions. Not for Chelsea, not for me.

“Within a couple of months we will sit around the table again and talk openly. There’s no pressure, apart from the media. The clubs knows that too. Basically I want an agreement before the end of the season. Normally with Chelsea.”

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