Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has seen his proposed contract talks stall after requesting £200k-a-week with the Blues.
Courtois played an important role at Stamford Bridge last season – claiming the Premier League Golden Glove as his side went on to lift the trophy in Antonio Conte’s debut season with his side.
But now, the Daily Mail report that Courtois’ current contract talks have come to a halt after the Belgian shot stopper requested a deal that earns him more than double what the 25-year-old is currently on.
The discussions have now been put on hold until Courtois returns for pre-season in July, with the club apparently confident that they can come to an agreement.
£200k would put Courtois on the same amount of money as teammate Eden Hazard and rival goalkeeper David de Gea at Manchester United.
This breakdown in talks arrives at a similar time to reported interest in the Belgian from Real Madrid. Though many believe it unlikely, with Zinedine Zidane said to be more interested in United’s de Gea and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, news of the contract disagreement could entice the Champions League champions – especially if they fail with their other goalkeeping targets.
Courtois isn’t the only contract renewal on the table at Chelsea.
After a heavily reported row between club manager Conte and the board over a lack of transfer activity, the Blues are apparently keen to tie the Italian down to a new deal in order to quash any rumours of his departure.