In Focus: New Courtois contract is vital to Chelsea’s ambitions

As reported by Marca, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is the latest player being tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid.

What’s the story?

Having been reported to have chased the likes of Manchester United’s David De Gea in the past, it’s clear the Spanish giants see their goalkeeping position as one of high priority. With the prestige and resources available to them, they also have the ability to attracted the biggest and best goalkeepers around to La Liga.

Worrying for Chelsea fans then that they’re interested in Courtois. That’s according to Marca who say that he could stall on a new contract while he waits on a potential offer from the illustrious club.

His deal runs out in 2019 and with Real Madrid looking to the future, they could make their move, according to the report.

Rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, he’s well within the reach of high-spending Madrid.

Too important to let go

Chelsea must do everything in their power to prevent the Belgian shot-stopper from leaving Stamford Bridge. He is undoubtedly one of the top goalkeepers in the world and after close 118 appearances for the Blues, hasn’t even reached his peak.

In that time he’s kept 43 clean sheets, a fantastic record, and a contribution which could be near irreplaceable given today’s testing and inflated market.

Ultimately it could be up to the player himself if he wants to leave, but with less than two years left on his contract, retaining him is something which should be a massive priority for Antonio Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy.