Highly-rated young Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may seek one particular big assurance before agreeing to a new, improved deal with the club, reports suggest.
21-year-old Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk back in 2011 yet has yet to make a single appearance for the club.
Instead, the Premier League leaders - whose current first-choice, Petr Cech, remains one of the most accomplished 'stoppers in the top-flight - have chosen to keep Courtois out on loan in La Liga with Atletico Madrid.
Now, while this has obviously had its benefits, Courtois' rapid ascension into one of the most celebrated goalkeepers in Europe has thrown up its fair share of problems, with Atletico understandably seeming reluctant to part with a player who has been with them for almost three seasons and cross-city rivals Real Madrid also linked with a move for his services.
However, despite the transfer speculation engulfing the player, reports over the weekend were very positive for Chelsea supporters hoping that the club would see sense and keep hold of such a talent, suggesting that the Blues were set to offer him an improved three-year extension to a contract that already has two years left to run.
Now it appears likely that manager Jose Mourinho - who returned for his second spell as Chelsea boss last summer - could face a crucial decision in the very near future regarding his goalkeepers.
Does he keep faith with Cech who, at 31, surely still has a number of years at the top level left, or provide Courtois with the guarantee that he may well be seeking and install him as his undisputed first choice from the 2014/15 season onwards, regardless of Cech's own form?
Such a decision could prove key to Courtois' future.
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