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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois delivers contract boost as Real Madrid target star
- Updated: February 7, 2018
THIBAUT COURTOIS has revealed he will sign a new Chelsea contract but admitted his heart is in Madrid.
Courtois has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers since he returned from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid in 2014.
It was in Madrid that he met the mother of his two children but after they split, she returned to Spain with them.
Courtois has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in a move that would allow him to be closer to his kids.
But in an interview with Belgian magazine Sport/Foot, Courtois was asked about the prospect of staying at Chelsea.
He said: “We agreed to meet again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January.
“I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will prolong. I am happy here and I see a direction that still wants to win a lot of titles.
“The signals are positive. Just their desire to extend also Eden Hazard, that reassures me.”
Courtois then hinted that his future would be impacted on what happens with Eden Hazard, who Chelsea are also trying to tie down to a new deal.
He added: “I said that by joking but we think a little bit both, anyway. When you talk about Barça, for everyone, it's Lionel Messi.
“When you talk about Real, it's Ronaldo. And when you talk about Chelsea, for 90% of people, it's Eden Hazard. Look at the number of times it makes the difference.”
When the interview switched to Real’s desire to sign him, the Chelsea goalkeeper said the speculation was “logical” and opened up about his family situation.
Courtois said: “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid, it's known. My two children live there with their mom. I have my daughter every day on Facetime. She often tells me that I miss her. My son is still too small to communicate like that.
“Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to make a return trip to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.
“I understand that the rumours are coming back today, as we are talking about a new guardian there. But I do not pay much attention to that, I stay focused on Chelsea.
“I do not know [if there is real interest]. If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We'll see. But they never did it. What is certain is that I will one day return to Madrid. I love Spain, I loved this city, I spent three wonderful years there. It is there that I became an adult. Atletico was a real group of friends.
“We went out together, my teammates taught me a language I did not know at all when I arrived. When I left, I cried. My first days in London were not simple. England, when I arrived, it was colder, more business. Now, I feel very good here. I found my marks very well.”
And despite hoping to sign a new deal, Courtois admitted seeing his family could ultimately decide his future.
He said: “If Real is really interested, my personal situation could affect, yes. The family aspect, it is priceless.
“But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I'm busy talking to Chelsea to extend.”