Thibaut Courtois wants confirmation on his role at Chelsea before he signs a new contract, keeping him at the London club until 2016, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Belgian goalkeeper has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for three seasons now, since joining Chelsea back in 2011 for £5million, managing 86 appearances for the Spanish club.
Since joining the Blues, the 21-year-old hasn't made a single appearance for the club, as Chelsea have always relied on current number one Petr Cech for the last nine consecutive seasons.
But, with Chelsea wanting the young Belgian to sign a new contract, keeping him with Europa League champions until 2016, the former Genk shot-stopper confirmation he will be replacing Cech before he joins.
The Czech Republic keeper will be 34 in three-years, and Courtois will only be 24. Jose Mouinho has stated he wants the young keeper back at Stamford Bridge for next season to challenge for the number one spot.
Chelsea lost to Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with the 31-year-old putting in a good display despite the 1-0 defeat. That said, he looked suspect for the goal; going down before Mohamed Salah had taken his shot in the 87th minute.
But Chelsea have had problems with back-up keepers in the past, as in the summer just gone, Mourinho signed Mark Schwarzer on a one-year contract from Fulham as back up to Cech. Previous to the Australian, Chelsea were lumbered with Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario, both goalkeepers with a mistake lurking among them.
Courtois can offer that stability for Chelsea going into the future, as the Blues may see themselves with another quality goalkeeper for the next decade to come. Now they just need to convince the youngster to remain in west London.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms