Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is finally ready to put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract extension with Chelsea. The Belgium international is content to sign the deal after cementing his status as the Blues’ number one goalkeeper.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Courtois said: “It’s not yet signed. I am here with the national team so it is difficult, but when I am back at Chelsea I will probably sign the new contract.”
Courtois, whose current contract expires in 2016, wanted assurances over his position at Stamford Bridge before agreeing to sign the extension.
Courtois to double his wages
The 22-year-old is set to double his wages - from £30,000-a-week to £60,000-a-week - but was reluctant to sign the deal at an earlier stage out of fear that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would keep him on the substitutes’ bench following his return from Atletico Madrid.
Mourinho knew he was left with no other option but to drop Petr Cech for Courtois. Had the Portuguese coach failed to make that decision, Chelsea ran the risk of losing the goalkeeper many expect to become the world’s best within the next few years.
Some already believe that Courtois is currently the best player in the world in his position - even ahead of Bayern Munich and Germany star, Manuel Neuer.
Courtois has started all three of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season - pulling off a string of fine saves, while helping the Blues secure three consecutive victories - and admits that Cech is probably going through a difficult time at the moment.
Courtois talks about Cech relationship
However, the youngster insists that he enjoys a good working relationship with the veteran Czech Republic international, who arrived at Stamford Bridge ten years ago and, like Courtois, has recently been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Courtois added: “We don’t talk about the situation, but of course I know he has played 10 years at Chelsea and that now I am playing and for him it’s not the nicest situation. But that is the decision of the board and the trainer.
“He is working hard in training to be ready when I cannot play or I am maybe not playing well. We work well together.”
Cech rejected offers to move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, but is expected to reassess his options in January if he fails to win back the number one jersey.
The 32-year-old will have opportunities to impress in the Capital One Cup and potentially the Champions League too, but Mourinho will stick with Courtois for the most important matches, provided the Belgian continues to perform well.
Courtois wants to play every game
And when asked whether he wants to play every possible game - including Champions League fixtures - Courtois responded: “Of course the Champions League is something great that you don’t want to miss. Last year with Atletico I played the final. I also played the final of the cup when we won against Real two years ago.
“Of course as a professional and a winner you always want to play every game, so we will see what the decision is of the coach. But of course I am a professional player and I want to play every game that is possible.”