Courtous reveals desire to stay at Chelsea long-term

      

Courtous reveals desire to stay at Chelsea long-term

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea amidst speculation linking him to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Courtois, who’s been an inseparable part of Conte’s plans this season, was rumoured to be targeted by Madrid as a potential replacement for Keylor Navas.

“No, I don’t see myself at Real Madrid” Courtois said. “I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign them.

“They also allowed me to be three years at Atletico, which helped me to be the keeper that I am now. I feel that I’m key to the team, I am very happy at Chelsea, and I don’t see myself anywhere else.”

The Belgian at 19 in 2011 and joined Atletico Madrid on loan until 2014. His performances helped Chelsea secure their fifth Premier League title in 2015 and has remained an important first-team player ever since. His current contracts stretches to 2019, but Courtois reveals there are currently no offers from the club to extend it.

“For the time being, we have not spoken about a contract extension.” he said. “We are focusing on the league. We will see at the end of the season if they offer me something. For the time being there has not been an offer.

“I am happy in London and I’m delighted with the success we are having this season. I owe a lot to Spain and I go often there to visit the family, who are in Madrid. But I’m happy in London.”

Chelsea currently look unreachable at the top of the Premier League, 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham with 10 games to go. Courtois thinks it’s all down to how well the players have glued to Antonio Conte’s tactics.          

“We are working well with Conte.” he continued. “I see that there is a long-term project to win trophies, not just domestically but also in Europe. There is a lot of ambition to play in the Champions League next season.”

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17