Courtois: I’ll be with Chelsea next year, with or without new deal

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Thibaut Courtois is happy at Chelsea, and expects to be there whether he signs a new contract before the World Cup or not.

The Belgian backstop admitted frustration with speculation regarding his future, as he’ll enter the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge next season.

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He wants that settled before Russia.

Courtois, a 6-foot-6 25-year-old, has been with Chelsea since 2011 and made his name with a loan stint at Atletico Madrid in 2011-12.

Loosely translated

“I’m a little tired with talking about my future, all the speculation weighs on me. I still have a year of contract and we have to talk to Chelsea soon, but I already know that I’ll be at Chelsea again next year, whether I extending my contract or not, I want it to be clear by the World Cup.”

He’s been rumored with moves back to Atleti as well as Real Madrid, but is committing himself to the 2018-19 season at Chelsea.

That should come as no surprise, as the player has said his “heart is in Madrid.” He clarified the statement by adding that his family is there, and not necessarily a club future.

With 54 caps and four titles between La Liga, the Premier League (two), and the Belgian Pro League, he can likely name his destination if his club status reaches January without a new deal at Chelsea. It’s surprising more players don’t elect to get to “free agency.”

In a sense: Pay me what I want, Chelsea, or I’ll go wherever I want.

Courtois also admitted that the nutmegged goals against him in the UEFA Champions League versus Barcelona forced him to laugh.

“The first goal is my fault, the jokes on social networks I laughed at. I even sent to a friend, ‘Do you have a net for (between my legs)?’¬†Insults are not the same. ”