30th July, 2018.
The situation at F.C. Chelsea for sometime now is surely not one for the feeble minded as the team has had to stand firm in the face of continued onslaught from different top European Football Clubs who have been coming after one or the other of their very best players.
At a stage, it looked that Willian was already bound for the Nou Camp of the F.C. Barcelona. Chelsea was able to withstand that threat by standing firm on their decision not to allow that happen.
Then, of course, the other Spanish Football giants, Real Madrid came knocking on their door for Eden Hazard and eventually added Thibaut Courtois to the whole mix.
Of course, the Barcelona threat seem to have finally been overcome but that of Real Madrid has simply refused to go away for now. Particularly in the case of the goalkeeper. I am sure that somebody in the Chelsea setup must by now been wondering if this whole thing is a plot to bring the team down completely.
In this post, we want to concentrate on the Thibaut Courtois aspect of the whole saga. Chelsea have had to suspend the negotiations between it and Real Madrid concerning the availability of the mercurial goalkeeper.
Of course, no sane team will allow its number one goalkeeper to leave just before the beginning of a new season without having a capable replacement.
Even though it is true that Chelsea have signed 38-year-old Robert Green to act as the third-choice shot-stopper but so far they have not been able to secure a proper replacement for Courtois as the No.1. It is not news that the club tried to get Alisson Becker but only to lose out on the Brazil international to Liverpool.
Of course, the fact remains that Courtois who is currently valued at about £32 million has his contract expiring in about 11 months’ time and there is the possibility of Chelsea losing his services for free next summer if something is not done to correct the situation.
The main challenge here remains the possibility of the goalkeeper refusing to sign an extension to his contract since he has made it abundantly clear that he wants to move to Madrid so as to be with his family.
Surely not the best of times for F.C. Chelsea and its teeming supporters worldwide.