Spaniards To Make Permanent Move For Chelsea Stopper?

By on February 5, 2013

Despite the transfer window now being closed there will still be plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, more on the future of Thibaut Courtois.

Thibaut Courtois

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Chelsea could face a battle to keep hold of impressive young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with Atletico Madrid believed to be lining up a move to sign him on a permanent basis in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old Belgian joined the European champions from Genk in the summer of 2011 but was immediately sent out on loan and has enjoyed an excellent 18 months in Spain with Atletico Madrid. His form has seen him earn rave reviews on the continent and he’s already earned seven international caps for the senior Belgium team despite his tender age.

But Courtois’ surprisingly quick development has now given Chelsea a headache. The Daily Mail claim the Blues sent goal-keeping coach Christophe Lollichon over to Madrid recently to hold talks with the player and assure him he’s regarded as the long-term successor to Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.

The report claims Courtois is reluctant to return to west London to act as a No.2 but Chelsea are understood to be ready to offer him a new contract on improved terms that reflect his progress in a bid to stave off interest from Atletico. The Mail understand that the La Liga side have made it clear to Chelsea that they would like the keeper on loan again next season and are even lining up a move to try and snap him up on a permanent basis in the summer.

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Courtois is tied to a long-term contract so the Blues don’t have to sell but they may be put in a difficult situation if the player tries to force a move in search of regular first team football.

A new contract may appease the youngster but he’s surely shown enough at Madrid over the last 18 months to show he’s worthy of playing week-in week-out now, which is going to be difficult to come by at the Bridge while Cech is still at the club.

What do Chelsea fans think the club should do with Courtois next season? Get involved in the comments section below.

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7 Comments

  1. Dan

    February 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    There are a few scenarios which I would think should be in play here:

    1) Chelsea are trying to phase our the “old guard.” This means Lamps is gone, Terry and Ash have 1 more year, and I imagine Cech could be sold at that point to make room for Courtois.

    2) I haven’t heard much mention of this in public, but what about a swap; Torres plus Courtois plus another 10 Mil Euro for Falcao. Sign Cech for an extension and make him Chelsea captain for a few years.

    3) Sell Courtois, but not to Madrid, but to Barcelona for a massive fee, use that money for 2-3 players, including a new young goalkeeper. Sign Cech for an extension and make him Chelsea captain for a few years.

    Thoughts, especially on number 2?

  2. biodun

    February 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    pls dnt sell this talend my advice is lone him 4 one more years but give him another 5 years contract with a massive money good luck to him

  3. nicholas osas alex

    February 6, 2013 at 1:46 am

    courtois does not really have 2 be a second choice at the bridge, as the coach pleases maybe to use both interchangabely like spurs keeping duo FRIDEL AND HUGO LLORIS

  4. Jephthah

    February 6, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Selling him will be the most stupid decision Roman would have made behind allowing super franky to leave. Leave him at Madrid for another tear and pls bring bake the special one

  5. Pascal ezeh

    February 6, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Plz keep my boy for me, if the atheletics wnt him he z worth 2 me more dan falcao, so they should give us falcao with a balance of 10m pounds for him

  6. Myhrkarr

    February 6, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Selling courtois wil b chelsea’s greatest mistake..he wil b a long term replacement 4 cech..d duo can b rotated like tot does wit freidel and lloris

  7. James

    February 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Chelsea should “NOT” make the mistake of selling Courtois. Instead he should be loaned back to atletico for 1 more year and given an improved contract with a better wage or loand to a PL club to get the english football experience. Or better still, Torres+10million pounds + 1year Courtois loan for Falcao!.

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