- Chelsea’s hopes of keeping hold of Thibaut Courtois have been handed a boost
- The goalkeeper has 18 months left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge
- He has been persistently linked with a move to a Madrid, where his children live
- But Courtois told Belgian TV: ‘I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t sign a new deal’
Thibaut Courtois has given Chelsea hope that he could yet sign a new deal with them next summer despite his family ties to Madrid.
The Belgium No 1 has long been on Real Madrid’s shortlist for a new goalkeeper and has 18 months left on his contract at Chelsea.
Courtois played on loan at Atletico Madrid for three seasons and his former partner is raising his children in Madrid.
Chelsea’s hopes of keeping hold of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, have been handed a boost
Courtois didn’t enjoy Chelsea’s loss at West Ham but he told VTM that he’s happy in London
‘I want to take my time,’ Courtois, 25, told Belgian TV show Stadion on VTM.
‘Of course there’s the situation with my children.
‘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?”
‘But I’m happy here. I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t sign a new deal.
‘There’s no pressure. I want to have an agreement before the end of season.
‘It’s not the right moment to make decisions. Not for me, not for Chelsea. In a few months we’ll sit around the table again.’
The Belgian stopper has been persistently linked with a possible transfer to Madrid, where former girlfriend Marta Dominguez (right) lives with their two children Adriana and Nicolas
Courtois said he misses his kids but added: ‘I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t sign a new deal’