Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Coirtois has committed his future to the club by penning a new five-year contract.
The Belgian has returned to Stamford Bridge this season following almost three years on loan with Atletico Madrid, where he established himself as one of the best young shotstoppers in Europe.
There had been some speculation about his future at Chelsea upon his return to west London, as well as doubts over whether he could dislodge Petr Cech as number one.
However he has started all of Chelsea's league games so far, and it is Cech who is being linked with a move away while Courtois who has been handed a new deal.
In a statement on Chelsea's official website he said: ‘I’m very happy with this new deal, it’s really nice to have signed this new contract for five years.
‘My future was already sorted but it’s nice to know I’m going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games.’
Previous reports have suggested that he will double his wages to £60,000-per-week with his new contract. Real Madrid were reportedly hoping to pounce on the uncertainty around his future but that now seems like a thing of the past with today's news.
Courtois will likely line up for Chelsea against Swansea at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Cech's future at the club remains in doubt, with PSG and Monaco linked with a move for the veteran 'keeper.
Cech has been with Chelsea since 2004 and has been undisputed number one since then. He is reportedly hoping to get a chance to prove his worth to boss Jose Mourinho in the coming weeks with the aim of ousting Courtois. If that doesn't happen then a January move could well be on the cards.
There was plenty of speculation about Courtois' future before he returned to England this summer, and Atletico Madrid were keen to keep him on a permanent basis. However Chelsea were never likely to sanction that deal despite reports claiming that he could be used as part of the Blues' move for either Diego Costa or Filipe Luis.
Courtois joined the Blues from Genk three years ago and immediately went out on loan to Atletico Madrid where he spent the previous three seasons.
In Spain he lifted both the La Liga and Europa League titles, and was part of the Atletico Madrid team that lost out to rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League final. He was also an key member of the Belgian side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil this summer.
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