The goalkeeper is prepared to open talks until next summer.
Chelsea starlet Thibaut Courtois has been on-loan at Atletico Madrid for the past three years and is not prepared to discuss the goalkeeper’s future in London until after the World Cup, according to the Daily Mail.
This leaves Blues boss Jose Mourinho with something of a predicament, between deciding whether to keep on Petr Cech as the club’s No.1 or look to the future with Courtois.
The west London side have offered the 21-year-old a two-year extension on the ‘keeper’s contract – which runs out in 2016 – but the Belgian has said that nothing will be discussed until after the World Cup.
At that point Courtois will have finished the starlet’s third straight season with Atletico, a club that the Belgium international is beginning to form a bond with.
The stopper will not entertain another year away on-loan and would only move on a permanent deal, with Barcelona the biggest club linked with the youngster.
Likewise Courtois would not be happy playing second fiddle to Cech at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho would be forced to drop one of the players.
This would be a difficult decision as the Czech Republic international has been one of the best ‘keepers in the Premier League since arriving in 2004.
Yet at 31-years-old Cech is 10 years Courtois’ senior and the younger of the two men is certainly a brilliant prospect for the future.
If the club were convinced to sell their protege, then Barca or whichever other respective buyer would have to fork out around £33.5m – the highest sum ever paid for a goalkeeper.
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