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Courtois Close To Signing New Chelsea Deal

. Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is “close” to signing a new contract at Chelsea, adding that he and Eden Hazard are encouraging each other to extend their current deals at Stamford Bridge.

The two Belgium internationals were Chelsea’s outstanding performers in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday, with Courtois pulling off several impressive saves and Hazard winning and converting a penalty after Jack Wilshere had put the Gunners in front.

Both have been linked with Real Madrid for some time, and Courtois fuelled speculation of a transfer last month when he admitted that a move to the Spanish capital would be attractive because it would allow him to live closer to his two children.

However, speaking after the Arsenal draw, Courtois — whose current Chelsea contract expires in June 2019 — said extension talks with Chelsea will resume in the coming weeks and added that he is optimistic about reaching an agreement.

“I’m just calm and relaxed because I’m tied to Chelsea,” he told reporters. “Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelsea and I’m happy here. It has just turned the New Year, so we will wait a few weeks and then sit around the table. I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close.”

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