Chelsea approach opens possibility of losing star men

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Chelsea’s bad season could be set to get worse as one of their key man is remaining coy on his future at Stamford Bridge.

Thibaut Courtois still has a while left on his current deal with the Blues, but remains uncertain on his future.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper is integral to the Chelsea side and is viewed as one of the best stoppers in the world, which means replacing him would be a tough task.

However, it’s something that whoever takes over the Londoners may have to deal with as Courtois is keeping his cards close to his chest about a new contract.

Speaking ahead of Belgium’s friendly against Portugal, the ‘keeper said: “I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know: I still have three years on my contract.

“We must see what Chelsea want. It is true that this season has changed me.

“Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better.”

Courtois’ hesitance is understandable given the state of the Blues this season.

Jose Mourinho’s stewardship left a bad taste in the mouth for many players, with the Belgian keeper admitting that the Special One had to go in an interview with a radio station in his homeland earlier in the week.

From their the club have yet to appoint a long-term successor and Courtois has no idea what the future holds at Stamford Bridge.

A number of managers could come and go in the time between now and the end of the Chelsea number one’s contract and he has no assurances that they will all view him as the star man.

Therefore, with no clear direction of where the Blues will go, it makes perfect sense that Courtois is weighing up his options.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.