Courtois: New Chelsea deal close

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed a new contract at the club is ‘close’ and he believes Eden Hazard will follow suit.

The Belgian shot-stopper and his club and international teammate have both been linked with future moves to Real Madrid, but this latest development appears to rule out such deals.

“I'm happy at Chelsea and a deal is close,” Courtois told the London Evening Standard.

“Has it been a distraction? Not for me. I'm just calm and relaxed because I'm tied to Chelsea. Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelsea and I'm happy here.

“Do Eden and I encourage each other to sign? Yes. He will say 'if you sign, I will sign' and I say the same to him.

“I think we are both happy at Chelsea, we both have a good part to play. We have been champions twice in the four seasons I have been here and can have our peak years together at Chelsea.”

Courtois’s children live in Madrid with his former partner following his stint at Atletico Madrid before rejoining the English club.

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