Thibaut Courtois ready to sign £80,000-a-week Chelsea deal

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois that he is ready to Blues chiefs that he is sufficiently satisfied over first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge to sign a new four-year contract worth £80,000-a-week, according to The Times.

Courtois has hesitated because he wasn't prepared to sit on the bench and wait for Petr Cech to falter, after using three fantastic seasons at Atletico Madrid to firmly establish himself as one of Europe's top stoppers.

Courtois has two years left on his current Chelsea contract, but the Blues are desperate to tie the 22-year-old down to longer terms and will significantly increase his current £30,000-a-week salary to make that happen.

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Turf Moor call proved pivotal

Blues boss Jose Mourinho had a very difficult decision to make ahead of Monday night's Premier League opener against Burnley, did Courtois deserve to take Petr Cech's starting spot at Turf Moor?

Courtois was picked to start in between the sticks in a move that looks to signal the end of Cech's decade-long run as Chelsea number one, with Mourinho making a clear statement of intent that the Belgian stopper is a key part of his plans moving forward.

Cech is also a player Mourinho would ideally like to keep, but bench-warming on a regular basis may be a very difficult sell to a living Chelsea legend that has played 470 times for the club.

Will Cech leave Chelsea?

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are just two of the European giants reportedly interested in signing Cech, who at 32 still has a great deal to offer any top side on the continent.

Mourinho could still attempt to adopt a selection policy that has become very popular on the continent and rotate his goalkeepers for league and cup competitions, very much in line with the way Madrid have used Iker Casillas over the last two seasons.

Cech has been left in the dark for now though and Courtois is the man holding talks over a bumper pay rise, with Mourinho once again showing his ruthless streak and all but agreeing a new long-term contract for one of the world's elite goalkeepers.

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