There is no denying Thibaut Courtois is a formidable talent and up there amongst the goalkeeping elite today – with this kind of talent it’s no wonder speculation constantly clouds his future.
Whilst on international duty this weekend Thibaut Courtois refused to commit his future to Chelsea when asked about his short term future. “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. 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 have shown a keen interest in Courtois’ talent since he started impressing in La Liga with bitter Madrid rivals Atletico. He has since returned to Chelsea and won a Premier League title and League Cup in his first season, making 39 appearances. Courtois made such an influential impact that experienced Chelsea and Premier League veteran Petr Cech was forced to move on to close rivals Arsenal.
Courtois’ second season however is currently not going to plan at all. Unheard of poor form under Jose Mourinho saw him receive the sack and they have seen been struggling to recover since. Chelsea currently sit 10th in the league table and 10 points behind the 4th Champions League spot with fierce competition amongst it.
If Courtois wants to play in European competition next season he may be tempted by offers elsewhere on the continent. However, odds place Thaibaut’s former boss Diego Simeone at 15/2 as Chelsea’s next permanent manager which could persuade Courtois to stay at Stamford Bridge. Click here for the latest betting codes if you would like to place the same bet.
Courtois’s frustrations can only be exemplified by the fact that he has had an injury struck season. Last season Courtois managed 39 appearances along with the burden of sharing goalkeeping duties with Petr Cech, however this season he has only managed 26 appearances in all competitions.
Courtois made his disappointment of the current season clear adding “It’s a pity that we’re out of the FA Cup and the Champions League but I’m going to try to finish the season well and have a good European Championship with Belgium. Then we’ll start a new season with a new manager with the hope of doing a lot better than this year”
Courtois signed a lucrative 5-year-deal with Chelsea back in September, 2014. This long term deal at the time represented his faith in Mourinho and Chelsea however the circumstances have dramatically changed and we could very well see him in a Galactico shirt by the time September comes around.