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Antonio Conte says Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is 'one of the best'

Antonio Conte says Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is 'one of the best'

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that the contract of Thibaut Courtois could expire if the Blues do not manage his situation properly.

Conte spoke about his admiration towards Courtois and said,"I can say Courtois is one of the best, maybe the best goalkeeper in the world and he is a player very important for Chelsea". But for sure the renewal is a task for the club, ' Conte continued.

Reports this morning have suggested that Courtois wants a deal that pays him in line with David De Gea, who is widely considered as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, which is believed to be somewhere in the region of £205,000-a-week.

'If a big player decides to not sign a new contract it is hard for a club to try to avoid this issue.

Muddying the waters are new contenders arriving for Courtois' signature, with usual suspects Real Madrid supposedly joined by the likes of PSG and Juventus, with the latter especially ironic after Conte tipped Courtois to be Chelsea's Buffon. "He knows my opinion and my thoughts about him".

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As a result, Willian has been limited to only 10 starts - amounting to half of Chelsea's fixtures this season - with just six in the Premier League.

"I'm happy because the whole team played well against Qarabag, not just me".

Conte admits that it is a hard task to compete with Pep Guardiola's side, who are not only winning but beating teams comfortably in the Premier League.

'There will be time enough towards the end of the season to have talks'.

"[We need to] try to improve every game, improve the new players, try to build something important for the present but also for the future". Maybe he is now the best but for sure in the future [he will be].


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