Chelsea’s Belgian international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has played down speculation that he will be leaving the Blues this summer – but has refused to pledge his long-term future to the club.
Courtois’ current contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in 2019 and as he has yet to agree to fresh terms with the club, he has been linked with a move away from the club amid interest from PSG and Real Madrid.
Courtois admits loves for Madrid
The Belgian fueled speculation that he could be set to move to the Spanish giants last summer by admitting that he still loves the Spanish capital. He previously played for Atletico Madrid from 2011-2014 while on loan from Chelsea.
Furthermore, Chelsea have been underwhelming in terms of their performances this season after they won the Premier League title last term. Their only remaining chance of winning silverware this season is the FA Cup after suffering elimination at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League last week.
As the Blues are in fifth position on the Premier League standings, there is a realistic possibility that they may not qualify for the Champions League next season and for this reason, one could assume that Courtois would be open to leaving the Bridge.
Moreover, the 25-year-old’s children still live in Madrid and joining Real would also allow him the opportunity to spend more time with them.
During an interview with Standard Sport, Courtois stated: “I’m committed to Chelsea. I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it.
“Obviously, there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season. All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year.”