Chelsea facing potential goalkeeper crisis next season

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Chelsea are facing a potential crisis in between the sticks next season as both Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic are believed to be keen on summer moves away.

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea officials are aware that both goalkeepers are unhappy at the club but are reluctant to consider selling both. It would leave Antonio Conte with the task of signing two goalkeepers in the summer, taking up valuable time during the transfer window.

Antonio Conte, who will take charge ahead of next season, arrived at Chelsea's Cobham training base last week to hold one-to-one meetings with every first team player, including both Courtois and Begovic.


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The Italian warned both shot-stoppers that he will settle for nothing less than total commitment from all his players, but neither were willing to give it to him. That has given Conte a big problem before he has even officially started.

Both are unhappy for very different reasons but are equally discontent with the ongoing turbulence at Stamford Bridge. As a result, Conte has a job on his hands convincing them to stay.

Courtois's reasons

Courtois irked the powers at Chelsea after throwing his future into doubt whilst on international duty with Belgium. The 23-year-old admitted that this season, which has seen the Blues drop out of contention for Champions League qualification, had "changed him".

"I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know: I still have three years on my contract. We must see what Chelsea want," Courtois told RTBF.

"It is true that it [this season] has changed me. Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better."

Real Madrid are one club believed to be interested but the Spanish club were quoted an incredible £73million last summer. The asking price is likely to come down if Courtois makes his discontent public but he will still cost a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

To add to the complications, the report also claims Jose Mourinho is a big fan and is keen to work with Courtois again.

Begovic's blues

Begovic, who joined from Stoke City last summer as an understudy to Courtois, has decided he is no longer content with sitting on the bench. The Bosnian performed well during Courtois's injury earlier this season, but has had few assurances over his first-team involvement since then.

He started in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Swansea, but that was his first outing in three months and certainly will not be enough to convince him to stay. But Begovic will only be allowed to leave if Courtois stays and certainly won't let him go before Euro 2016.

Didier Drogba
Thibaut Courtois
John Terry
Asmir Begovic
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