Chelsea offer star 100% wage rise to stay

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Chelsea are close to agreeing a new long-term contract with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois that will see the youngster sign a fresh five-year deal on wages of £60,000-a-week, according to the Evening Standard.

Courtois has been magnificent this season on loan with Atletico Madrid, his third successive campaign with the La Liga giants, providing Blues boss Jose Mourinho with a difficult decision over picking a long-term number one.

Current first-choice stopper Petr Cech's position is set to come under severe threat from Courtois if he does return to Stamford Bridge this summer, but regardless Chelsea want to fend off any chance of the Belgian stopper leaving for free when his current deal expires in 2016 and a contract offer has been on the table for months.

Chelsea chiefs will hand Courtois a 100% increase on his current £30,000-a-week salary if he commits his future to the Premier League side until 2019, with high-ranking board member executive board member Marina Granovskaia believed to be overseeing negotiations personally.

Atletico want to keep arguably the world's best young goalkeeper for at least another season, but Courtois is understood to be close to making an announcement on his future after Chelsea managed to successfully allay any lingering fears over being stuck behind Cech in the Blues pecking order.

Mourinho wants the Belgian stopper at the Bridge next season to fight for a starting spot, with Chelsea on the brink of tieing down a potential superstar and staving of any lingering threat of a permanent move to La Liga.

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