Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is stalling over signing a new contract in west London until he has learned whether he will be the Blues' No.1 this season.
The London Evening Standard reports how the Belgium international has been offered a five-year extension which will see him more than double his current £30,000-a-week salary.
However, Courtois is eager to fully establish himself as Jose Mourinho's first-choice custodian before committing his long-term future to Stamford Bridge.
Life on loan...
The 22-year-old has spent the past three seasons on loan in La Liga with Atletico Madrid, and until this pre-season hadn't made a senior appearance for Chelsea.
Courtois joined Chelsea from Racing Genk in a £7 million deal in 2011, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-rated stoppers in world football.
With two years still to run on the five-year deal he first signed with the west London club there is no immediate rush to pen an extension, but Mourinho could be forgiven for wanting to secure the player's future after he received admiring glances from a host of European suitors.
Cech or Courtois...?
Courtois's route into the Chelsea first-team has so far been blocked by Petr Cech, but the Belgian is confident he has beaten the veteran custodian to the No.1 position for the season opener against Burnley on Monday night.
The Blues pair are set to learn their fate from Mourinho on Sunday, but the Portuguese coach gave his clearest indication yet that Courtois will be his chosen one when he played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea's final pre-season friendly against Real Sociedad on Tuesday night.
"It was a very nice experience and we played a good game," he reflected after the game. "It's very nice to feel welcome from the very start.
"It was already like that when I played here with Atletico so it is a great thing to come here in a Chelsea shirt and I'm very happy. I'm looking forward to the season and getting a lot of wins."
The home fans sang Courtois's name as he kept a clean sheet to help Chelsea to a comfortable 2-0 victory, courtesy of a brace from £32 million summer signing Diego Costa, who of course played alongside Courtois at the Vicente Calderon last season.
They've also been joined by Brazilian defender Filipe Luis, making for a much easier integration for all three players since moving to England this summer.
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