Kepa Arrizabalaga has dismissed the weight of expectation accompanying his world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper while also playing down the perceived pressure in replacing Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has insisted that there are areas in which new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is better than former keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Thibaut Courtois certainly won’t have any friends left in West London on the back of his £35 million to Real Madrid on deadline day. Not only did the World Cup Golden Glove winner show a lack of respect towards the club but also the fans with some behaviour that doesn’t reciprocate the love he was shown during his time with the Blues.
It looks more and more likely that Thibaut Courtois will be a Real Madrid player when the transfer window in Spain ends at the start of September. This comes on the back of strong rumours since picking up the Golden Glove at the World Cup as well as his absence from training over the last couple of days.
There has certainly been more talk of outgoings at Chelsea this summer than incomings but with just a week until the transfer window closes, it looks as though the Blues will make a signing or two. Rumours of Willian potentially leaving have reportedly forced Maurizio Sarri into considering a move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
With Thibaut Courtois reportedly on the verge of a big-money move to Real Madrid in the current transfer window, Chelsea have been forced to search for a suitable goalkeeper that can fill in the big Belgian’s shoes should he decide to finally make the switch to Spain after a long-standing love affair with the La Liga giants.
Despite only managing a third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium were considered as many by the tournament’s best performers. Amongst their squad, which included a core of Premier League stars, Eden Hazard was the stand-out player eventually coming second behind Luka Modric in the hunt for the World Cup Golden Ball.
Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea need to improve their current contract offer if he is to stay at Stamford Bridge following his fine displays for Belgium at the World Cup.
Antoine Griezmann has fired back at Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, after the Belgian claimed that France were an ‘anti-football’ team.
Chelsea have opened negotiations with Italian giants Juventus regarding the possibility of signing Gonzalo Higuain with Alvaro Morata going the other way, according to reports.
Maurizio Sarri was finally unveiled as the new Chelsea boss on Friday after the club has confirmed the sacking of fellow Italian Antonio Conte. Sarri, who signed a three-year contract, is set to be joined by Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as his number two, and the Chelsea hierarchy have worked quickly to support the new manager’s squad overhaul, with Higuain emerging as one of the top targets for the former Napoli boss. Sarri had previously worked with Higuain in Naples for a year before the forward joined Juventus and the former Partenopei boss is now keen on a reunion with the Argentine forward at West London.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are plotting a deal that involves Morata moving the other way in a cash-plus-player offer for Higuain. The forward underwhelmed in his first season at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are willing to let the 25-year-old Spaniard rejoin the Turin outfit. However, the Old Lady would favour just the cash in order to recoup some of the money they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo’s £100m signing from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail. It also remains to be seen whether Higuain, who earns a reported £240,000 a week in Juve, would prefer to make the move to England.
On the other hand, Morata arrived at Chelsea over a year ago as the club’s record signing but performed inconsistently, with fitness problems hounding 25-year-old. Conte did not see the striker as a good fit for his preferred system as well, prompting the Blues to secure the services of Olivier Giroud at the turn of the year. Morata scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Blues but ultimately was not selected for the Spain World Cup squad.
Despite stating that he wants to return to England with a ‘winning feeling‘ following an exceptional showing at the World Cup, there is still a possibility that Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea this summer.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is amongst the leading contenders to win the Golden Glove award at the World Cup 2018 – but can he beat out the likes of Jordan Pickford to the prestigious title?
Chris Kirkland has criticised Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois over comments he made about England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Thierry Courtois, the father of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, has criticised the way in which the English media treats his son.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois set to sue former Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots for libel and defamation.
Former Venezuelan footballer turned pundit Alejandro Moreno believes that AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will not end up moving to Chelsea at the end of the season.
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.
Chelsea succumbed to yet another defeat last weekend, this time a disappointing 2-1 loss away at Manchester United. While Romelu Lukaku’s man-of-the-match performance stole the headlines for the United fans, it was the substitution of Eden Hazard that grabbed the Blues headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he is “certain” to return to Madrid one day – and it is looking increasingly likely that it will happen at the end of the season.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at sectors of his side’s supporters, after the Blues were booed throughout their dour stalemate with Leicester City earlier today.
Despite Thibaut Courtois telling reporters he is “close” to penning a lucrative new contract, Chelsea have reportedly lined up a stunning potential replacement should their number one fail to sign on the dotted line.
Despite constant speculation linking Eden Hazard with a move away from Stamford Bridge, the Belgian superstar says he is ready to pen a new deal at Chelsea – on one crucial condition.
Chelsea fans were seemingly given a huge boost earlier today when Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told reporters he was “close” to signing a new deal to keep him at the Bridge.
Chelsea have moved to offer star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a new contract that would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in world football, amidst growing concerns over the Belgian’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday as they kept pace in the race for Champions League football next season. Manchester City kept their incredible run going with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham, which strengthened the Blues’ grip on third place – but Antonio Conte’s men remain 14 points behind the high-flying Citizens.