English Premiership

Courtois 'committed to Chelsea' for next year

2018-03-17 15:00
Thibaut Courtois (Supplied)
Thibaut Courtois (Supplied)

Cape Town - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois hushed speculation of a transfer away from Stamford Bridge, insisting he is committed to finishing his contract.

The Belgian fuelled reports of a move to Real Madrid by admitting his head could be turned if they made a bid due to his love of the Spanish city where he enjoyed a successful stint with Atlético. However, Courtois' current deal with the Blues only expires in 2019 and he told the Evening Standard he intends to see it out.

"I'm committed to Chelsea. I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it," he said.

"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."

However, Courtois was coy when asked whether or not he was guaranteeing he would remain at Stamford Bridge, responding: "I have no other thing to say. It's easy when you have only one year remaining that other people might say something. I'm a bit annoyed by it because it's a talking point and it's a thing people want to dwell on."

Chelsea have endured a dismal season, slipping to fifth in the Premier League with eight games remaining and dropping out of the Champions League with a 3-0 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Their only remaining hope of silverware is the FA Cup, and Courtois has turned his attention to Saturday's quarter-final against Leicester City.

Having been part of the side that lost to Everton at the same stage two years ago after a Champions League last 16 exit at the hands of PSG, the 25-year-old emphasised the importance of learning from past mistakes.

"It is important that doesn't happen again and it is what the manager (Antonio Conte) has said to us," he revealed.

"We have to take the effort and commitment we showed against Barcelona into the match on Sunday. If we have that same level of commitment, we will win.

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