Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has four options this summer

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Chelsea have endured their worst ever season under Roman Abramovich, mounting a dismal title defence and giving themselves no prospect of European football next season. 

Of all the Premier League clubs, the Blues' collapse has quite possibly been the worst. 

None of the players have been able to replicate their performances from their league-winning seasons, and that ultimately ensured by the sacking of Jose Mourinho in early December.


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The future of several first-team stars is uncertain, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois leading the line. Speculation has increased in recent weeks that the Belgian will exit before the start of the 2016-2017 season. 

Courtois has several options to consider as 2015-16 reaches its finale.

A move to Real Madrid

Courtois wants to play Champions League football and Los Blancos can provide him with that prospect. Real Madrid could look to lure him to the Spanish capital if their first-choice transfer target David de Gea does not leave Manchester United. 

However, there remains a stumbling block as Chelsea have asked them to shell out £65million for his services, according to the Daily Mail. Luckily, the Londoners may be willing to entertain offers and are reluctant to hold the 'keeper against his wishes.

He is familiar with the Spanish style of play having spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid in a hugely successful spell.

The scenario will be clearer after the conclusion of the Euros in France this summer.

Transfer to Barcelona

A switch to La Liga champions Barcelona would be a dream move for any player, playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

There are concerns over the future of German star Marc-Andre ter Stegen who is set for crunch talks with Camp Nou officials after becoming weary of playing second-fiddle to Claudio Bravo in the last two seasons.

Courtois is a proven entity in Spain and would be a welcome addition to an already talented squad. 

The Sun reportsthat the west London club are inclined to do business providing boss Antonio can bring in a quality replacement. 

A switch to PSG

The Parisians are well-known admirers of the Chelsea ace, and they have the financial muscle to complete any deal for the stopper. 

As quoted inThe Guardian, Courtois has apparently rebuffed the French club's interest, insisting he is happy to stay at Chelsea for the duration of his contract. 

"I have a contract for three years, so I will say 100%", he said when asked what percentage he would give to his chances of staying in England. 

However, recent fall-outs in the dressing-room and poor form all season might compel him to consider his future.

Staying at Chelsea? 

Many regard Chelsea's torrid season as a one-off, and the Blues hierarchy are keen to improve the club's fortunes quickly. 

Despite rumours of new players arriving, their priority should be to convince the stars at Stamford Bridge to stay, with Courtois included in that bracket. 

Interim boss Guus Hiddink admits there has been tension between the player and goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, but also stated that the 23-year-old is not contemplating a move away, says the Daily Mirror.

After all, the Belgium international managed to sideline club veteran Petr Cech in his debut season, and will surely have a bright future if he stays in the capital. Ranked among the top three goalkeepers in world football, Courtois still has time on his hands to improve the aspects of his game which need a little work. 

Featuring in 28 games so far this term, he received straight red cards on two occasions in the league, while only registering six clean sheets throughout the campaign. 

It remains to be seen for which club Courtois turns up from 2016-17 but the arrival of incoming manager Antonio Conte would have a significant impact on the players and their future at Chelsea. 

Where will Courtois be playing next season? Have your say in the comments. 

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