Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is close to signing a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge that will cement his place as the Blues' number one goalkeeper according to the Telegraph.
The Belgian returned from a three-season loan spell with Atletico Madrid over the summer, and has won his battle with Petr Cech to be Jose Mourinho's first-choice shotstopper having been preferred in all of Chelsea's games so far this season.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea are now looking to tie him down to a five-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2019, and will offer to double his wages to around £60,000-per-week - plus the opportunity to increase that figure through performance-related bonuses.
The paper adds that the talented youngster was offered the chance to commit his future to the club at the end of last season while he was still in Spain; but refused to put pen to paper on a five year deal because of the uncertainty surrounding his role at the club. Now that has seemingly been cleared up however, there is no reason to believe that he won't sign the new contract.
He currently has two years left on his contract and has attracted interest from Real Madrid, but all indications suggest that he will remain with Chelsea for the foreseeable future. The Telegraph say that Chelsea want the deal signed by the end of the month.
The move looks to confirm Courtois' status as number one at Chelsea - and casts more doubt over the future of Cech. The 32-year-old had been undisputed number one since he arrived in England in 2004 but now has to contend with being used as a back-up.
The former Rennes man tweeted in the aftermath of the summer transfer window that he was happy to stay in west London despite reports linking him with a move away to Paris Saint-Germain. Monaco are also believed to be keen on his signature.
He could reassess his options in the new year once the January transfer window opens. He is likely to be given a run out in cup competitions and he could use that as a springboard back into the first team on a more regular basis, however Courtois' form so far this season has been superb and he may be difficult to dislodge.
Chelsea have started the new campaign strongly and currently sit atop of the Premier League table with three wins from three. They will have the chance to improve that record after the international break when they take on Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
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