One of the issues lingering over Chelsea FC is the lack of a new contract for Thibaut Courtois. The keeper reportedly makes around £30,000 per week but the club would like to at least double his wages and extend his contract for five years. Some believe that Courtois is holding out on signing the contract in order to maintain some leverage but we hope that is not the case.
On his new contract Thibaut Courtois said: “It’s not yet signed. I am here with the national team so it is difficult, but when I am back at Chelsea I will probably sign the new contract.”
We do not really like these excuses or the fact that he said “probably” but again it could just be that he said this in passing and does intend to sign the contract. Since replacing Petr Cech, the young Belgian has repaid his manager’s faith in him with a string of excellent saves despite only keeping one clean sheet.
On the flip side of that argument Courtois did make some poor decisions against Everton that put his team and defense under pressure. His distribution was poor at times and one short pass lead directly to a Kevin Mirallas shot that he saved spectacularly.
He is still young and still learning but he is certainly far from a perfect keeper. Some suggested that had Chelsea not tied their future to him he would be dropped for the next match for his poor performance.
As for his relationship with Cech, Courtois said: “We don’t talk about the situation, but of course I know he has played 10 years at Chelsea and that now I am playing and for him it’s not the nicest situation. But that is the decision of the board and the trainer. He is working hard in training to be ready when I cannot play or I am maybe not playing well. We work well together.”
At least Courtois’s words are distributed better than his passes. He has remained diplomatic throughout the process and is learning that saying the right things in the media is key. However he can say all the right things but Chelsea fans want action from him and that action is signing his contract extension.
Source: Sky Sports
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