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Thibaut Courtois to sign two-year Chelsea deal

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Chelsea are confident that Thibaut Courtois will sign a two-year contract extension with the west London outfit.

The 21-year-old, whose current contract expires in 2016, is close to putting pen-to-paper on a new deal, which will see him contracted to the Stamford Bridge outfit until the end of the 2017/18 campaign, according to the Daily Mail.

Courtois has cemented his reputation as one of the world's best goalkeepers during his three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid - and could stay with the La Liga leaders for another season once his contract extension with Chelsea has been signed.

The Belgium international is not prepared to return to Stamford Bridge and play second-fiddle to Petr Cech who, at the age of 31, remains a first-class goalkeeper in his own right. However, there have been reports that Jose Mourinho plans to use Courtois as his No. 1 from the start of next season.

Cech and Courtois will go head-to-head at the Vicente Calderon this evening, as Atletico host Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. Initial reports claimed Atleti would need to pay Chelsea £2.5m for every appearance he makes against his parent club; however, UEFA have since ruled that private clause as invalid.

Courtois is set to receive a huge increase on his current £30,000-a-week wages, bringing him into parity with the top earners at Chelsea.

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