Courtois accepts he won't be a Real Madrid player next season
Real Madrid have cooled on goalkeeper arrival talk but Courtois still has a decision to make on his future and he wants it to be done before the World Cup kicks off.
Thibaut Courtois assumes he will not be a Real Madrid player next season. The Belgian has a contract until 2019 with Chelsea but has been going back and forth as to whether he would sign a new one. In an interview with Sporza, however, he said he would be continuing with the London club: "I have a contract for a year and I feel good at Chelsea. At the end of the season, we will sit down and plan out a vision. I know that I will be at Chelsea next year".
The 25-year-old has always fancied a move back to Madrid where his children live - he has reportedly also been in talks with PSG. Los Blancos have relaxed their ambition to sign a goalkeeper in the summer, however, with Zinedine Zidane remaining loyal to Keylor Navas, who has won him two Champions Leagues. Everything depends on Zidane's future. It was Zidane's public and private loyalty to Navas that broke off a potential move for Kepa in the winter transfer market.
Courtois wants a decision on his future before the World Cup
Courtois wants to renew before the World Cup and Chelsea want to sign him up before the transfer window too. He will keep his options open though. "If I go to the World Cup with a clear idea, a good sign or whether I will wait another year, I will have a clear head in the tournament," he said.
The player and his representatives have sent various winks in Real Madrid's direction. His agent, Critophe Hentoray, confessed to Sport Magazine that he met regularly with Real Madrid. "Thibaut's situation is being assess. My job is to keep him informed of the situation."