In Focus: Chelsea confident of keeping Courtois despite talks stalling

According to reports in the Daily Mail, contract talks between Chelsea and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois are currently on hold as the Belgian aims to more than double his current £90,000-a-week wages.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says the Blues are keen to tie the 25-year-old down to a deal with his current contract due to run out in 2019, but talks between the two parties have stalled over Courtois’ demands.

The Belgium international believes he should be earning a similar wage to that of teammate Eden Hazard and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea – who are both on £200,000-a-week – after helping Chelsea win two Premier League titles in the last three seasons.

The Daily Mail says discussions will resume when Courtois returns for pre-season training in July, and that they hope to agree a deal before the start of the season.

If they fail to do that, question marks will certainly be raised over his future with Real Madrid heavily linked with a move in the past.

How good has Courtois been?

He has been excellent for the Blues and there is no doubt that they will want to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old has a big presence, commands his penalty area brilliantly and also has good reflexes and decent distribution, and he won the Premier League’s Golden Glove last season after keeping 16 clean sheets in 36 top flight appearances.

Does he definitely want to stay?

It looks as though he does, yes.

Courtois wouldn’t have entered into discussions with Chelsea over a new deal if he didn’t want to stay, and he believes he should be paid the wage he feels he deserves for his performances.

While a move to Real Madrid may be tempting in the future, right now the 25-year-old can continue to establish himself as one of the best in the Premier League, and try and help Chelsea advance in the Champions League next season.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, even though talks have stalled Chelsea seem confident that they will agree a new deal with Courtois before the start of next season, and with the player seemingly keen to stay it should happen with a little bit of compromise.