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Chelsea Ready to Block Belgian International’s Move to Real Madrid

Chelsea have decided to put the proposed Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid move on hold, as we are struggling to sign a suitable replacement. Courtois has become the contract rebel at Chelsea, as he is refusing to sign a new contract.

The blues are seriously contemplating selling the player who has less than a year left on his contract. However, Chelsea are also aware that the club do not possess an able replacement for the Belgian international.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was identified as a potential signing, but Chelsea have received a major setback with the England international opening up talks for a new contract with Everton.

Alisson Becker was a transfer target a few months ago but Liverpool were able to grab him for a whopping £67 million.

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is a potential candidate to replace Courtois, but the only way to sign him is to activate the release clause of £89 million.

The situation has led to a stalemate with regards to Courtois’ situation.

Those who stream football through here expected a disastrous 2018-19 campaign for Chelsea, but Maurizio Sarri has brought about a new lease of life. This could be one of the factors that keeps Courtois at Stamford Bridge – at least for this campaign.

The 26-year-old has apparently informed the Chelsea that he would have no issues about leaving on a free next summer if the club are reluctant to sell him now. Chelsea were ready to sell Courtois for around £35 million. The transfer fee could have been substantially greater if his contract had a longer expiry date.

As it stands, Courtois clearly seems to have a personal agreement with Real Madrid, who are seeking a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas for quite a while. In fact, Courtois was seeking a move to the Spanish capital even when he was on loan at Atletico Madrid.

There is a potential likelihood of the deal collapsing altogether and Courtois making a U-turn to sign a contract. He has previously admitted that all options are open to him, but few players turned down the potential of a Real Madrid move. Furthermore, Courtois has always been interested in a move back to Spain due to climate and family reasons.

Courtois is starting to enter into the peak of his career at 26 years of age. Chelsea still have a strong Belgian contingent and the ability to retain Eden Hazard can help the club go a long way towards persuading Courtois to sign a new contract.