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Real Madrid interested in Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid interested in Thibaut Courtois”

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is reportedly keen on a move back to La Liga, with Spanish Champions Real Madrid keen on securing the Belgian stopper.

His current deal, around £100,000-a-week, expires in 18 months' time, and in May the Belgian rejected an opening offer that did not meet his double-my-money demands. Moving to Real would, therefore, help him be closer to them.

The Blues stopper has played a vital role in his sides solid defensive shape which has seen them keep 10 clean-sheets so far this season and is among the best keepers now in the Premier League.

Courtois' save percentage (73.1 per cent) is higher than both Ederson (69.2) and Lloris (67.2), while Courtois has not made an error leading to a goal in the Premier League in the past two seasons, compared with De Gea (one), Ederson (one) and Lloris (five).

Thierry Hazard says his son is keen to move despite his current contract running to 2020
Thierry Hazard says his son is keen to move despite his current contract running to 2020

Courtois will enter the final year of his current contract with Chelsea next summer and it is claimed that the player's representatives have got in touch with Real Madrid regarding a transfer.

While Real Madrid look nearly certain to sign Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga in January, bringing Courtois in would create an interesting fight for the number one spot under Zinedine Zidane - with both keepers keen to hold down the jersey at Real.

However, Sevilla's Sergio Rico and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak top Antonio Conte's list should Courtois leave the Blues.

Chelsea declined to comment on Courtois' future.



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