Chelsea’s reserve keeper has seen increased playing time after the Belgian’s poor form, and now could rekindle interest from West Ham and Palace
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has denied rumours that he is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, despite claims he has been linked with a £50 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Belgian international stopper has told Le Parisien that he is happy at Chelsea and that despite missing out on Champions League football, he has no intention of abandoning ship just yet.
Courtois’ performances have been a far cry from the praise he was first lavished with when he arrived in England, coming under plenty of criticism along with many others in an underachieving Chelsea side.
The former Atletico Madrid man also suffered a knee injury in September that kept him out of action for 12 weeks, underpinning what can only be described as an indifferent season at best for the 23 year old.
In his absence, his deputy Asmir Begovic has played an increasingly important role, making 14 league appearances and has sought to show new boss Antonio Conte why he should be considered for the number one spot at the Bridge.
However, with Courtois now suggesting he has no intention of leaving this summer, Begovic may want to reassess his position at the club, especially with reported interest from elsewhere.
Courtois made his position clear, telling the French newspaper he has ‘never had any contact with PSG’.
“I have played a lot against PSG recently – twice last season, again this season in a friendly and twice more in the Champions League this year.
“They are a good club who win their league easily. Me, I like playing in England. Paris is a very good club but I am happy at Chelsea.
“I have a contract for three years, so I will say 100%. Rumours affect any club where things are going badly. People think the top players want to leave because they are not in the Champions League.
“Everyone knows it is our fault we will not play in that competition next year. It has happened to Manchester United and to Dortmund, and it is heart-breaking.
“This year, we have not defended our title well like we needed to. We must regather our forces to return stronger and get back to the Champions League.”
The Bosnian international was reported last month to have caught the attention of West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Everton, and he may hope to rekindle that interest should he want more playing time.
Everton in particular may well be in the market for a new stopper, especially in light of the departure of mainstay Tim Howard this summer, with the American set to move back to the United States to join Colorado Rapids.