Report: Conte would want to sign new goalkeeper if Courtois leaves Chelsea

Courtois - Chelsea

Some reports have suggested Conte would like a different first-choice goalkeeper next season.

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will want to sign a new goalkeeper if Thibaut Courtois were to leave the club, according to a report in the London Evening Standard.

There has been speculation suggesting that Chelsea's stopper could be on his way out in the summer, but the report suggests the Belgian will not seek to force a move away from Stamford Bridge - although he does have a desire to play football in Spain again. 

Asmir Begovic was given the nod by interim manager Guus Hiddink this weekend in what many reports, including one in the Daily Mail, suggested was a chance for the Bosnian to audition for the number one goalkeeper's role ahead of next season, but the Standard's report suggests that is not the case.

The club do have a huge price-tag of £73 million on the 23-year-old and Conte is aware that Chelsea are willing to sell should such an offer come in.

But Begovic is unlikely to be the Italian's number one come the start of next season and he could be the man seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Courtois is a highly-rated goalkeeper, and although there were other problems in the team in the first half of the season, they did miss the presence of the Belgian when he was absent through a serious knee injury - and that is by no means a slight on Begovic.

There is the factor that the best years of Courtois are ahead of him, and he has yet to find his best form since returning from his injury as it can take a good deal of time. But it seems Conte is pretty sure who he wants as his goalkeeper when he takes over.

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