Courtois refuses to commit future to Chelsea
Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has refused to commit his future to the Blues as he insists that his agent can listen to offers especially from Real Madrid.
The London Club Management has been trying to convince the Belgian to a long-term deal as he has only 18 months left on his deal alongside his countryman Eden Hazard.
While speaking after their impressive 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. The former Atletico Madrid stopper tried to modulate the rumours linking him with a move away although he was still open.
“I’m not clear about my future,” he said. “What I said that my heart is in Madrid was misunderstood.
“I have two children in Spain, in Madrid, and that’s not easy. I have one year left [here] and I’m happy and talking to Chelsea.
“They have bet on me from the first moment and that is not forgotten. I do not think Florentino Perez calls me, he will call my agent and he will listen to him.”
The Blues almost secured what would have been a famous win against Barcelona after Brazilian, Willian gave the London club the lead before Lionel Messi capitalized on an error from Chelsea’s defence to pull the game level.
Antonio Conte was pleased with his side’s display and he is positive ahead of the return leg at the Camp Nou.
“I think we were close to playing the perfect performance,” he said. “We did one mistake but we know very well against these opponents and players like Messi, Iniesta, and Suarez if you make a mistake you pay.
“It is a pity and we are disappointed with the final result. I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players gave a great effort and they followed the plan we prepared.
“In Barcelona, we must be prepared to suffer together but at the same time when we suffer we must continue to try and get the chances to score.”