Thibaut Courtois has suggested that Chelsea will need to increase their contract offer to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge after his impressive performances at the World Cup.
Having only just resolved their coaching situation with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri on Saturday, Chelsea face weeks of uncertainty over two of their key players as both Eden Hazard and Courtois are the subject of interest from Real Madrid.
Hazard admitted that “it might be time to discover something different” after six years at Stamford Bridge, while Courtois has previously been open about his desire to be reunited with his two children in the Spanish capital.
Courtois has just one year left to run on his current contract, and Chelsea have reportedly offered him a long-term extension worth around £200,000-a-week — but the Belgian believes he has proven he is worth more with his form in Russia.
“I will go back and I will see what they want and how they say it,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “Obviously, with this World Cup, I think what was on the table is different than what I can have.
“In this World Cup, I have ignored all the speculation, all the rumours. But now, in the next few days, I will have a chat with my agent and see what Chelsea told him, and then we will talk. But I feel happy at Chelsea, it’s not that I necessarily want to leave.”
Chelsea hope that by replacing Antonio Conte with Sarri, who garnered praise from across the football world for the thrilling style of football he implemented in three years at Napoli, will help convince Hazard that he can fulfil his long-term ambitions at Stamford Bridge.
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