Chelsea and Thibaut Courtois put contract talks on hold as Real Madrid eye bid for Belgian goalkeeper

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Chelsea will delay their contract talks with Thibaut Courtois until after their games against Barcelona and Leicester

The Belgian goalkeeper was expected to hold talks with the Blues during February amid interest in him from Real Madrid but no discussions have taken place with just one day of the month left.

Courtois’ contract runs out in the summer of 2019. Chelsea are planning to pay him more than £200,000-a-week to stay at Stamford Bridge.

If Antonio Conte’s side cannot renew Courtois’ deal, they risk losing him to Real this summer. The Spanish giants are keen to table a bid for the goalkeeper.

There are few concerns over the delay, with both Chelsea and Courtois in agreement that negotiations should not take place with key games ahead.

After a difficult campaign, Chelsea only have two chances left of picking up silverware this season.

The Belgian’s contract runs out in summer 2019, meaning a new deal must be agreed

They will need to overcome Barcelona at the Nou Camp on March 14 to progress in the Champions

League before they face Leicester in an FA Cup quarter final.

 

It is understood Courtois is keen to have his full focus on his performances in both competitions.

Chelsea take a 1-1 aggregate scoreline into the game against Barcelona.

Courtois and his team-mates take on leaders Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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