Lukaku situation affecting Courtois during Chelsea talks - report

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

The 22-year-old is reportedly delaying contract negotiations.

According to the London Evening Standard, Thibaut Courtois is stalling on his new Chelsea contract - because of what happened to Romelu Lukaku.

Cortouis's Belgium team-mate traded Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park in a £28 million move this summer, as Jose Mourinho failed to give him guarantees that he would be a first-team starter for the Blues.

Lukaku had previously spent season-long loans at West Brom and Everton and returned to west London this summer with the knowledge that Chelsea had forked out £32m on new forward Diego Costa.

The Standard claim that the Blues offered Lukaku a five-year deal this summer, with another loan move on the horizon this term.

However, the Belgian rejected the deal and instead joined Everton - and Courtois is reportedly fearful of a similar fate.

The 22-year-old faces a battle for the no.1 shirt at Stamford Bridge with Petr Cech, while Mark Schwarzer is also a backup option at Chelsea.

Once Courtois learns his true status within the squad, he may be more tempted to negotiate with the club - especially if he is indeed unveiled Mourinho's first choice.

Should Cech be given the nod ahead of the Belgian, though, Courtois's future would become less certain.

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