Blues No 1 Petr Cech has a deal with the club that runs until 2016, but rival will not return to England unless he is made first choice next season.
In-demand Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants to wait until after next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil before deciding whether or not to accept the west London club’s recent offer of a new contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The hugely talented Belgium international has been with the Blues now since July 2011, when Courtois joined the club from Genk in his homeland on a five-year deal for a fee of just £9 million.
However, as yet the shot stopper has still to even make a single appearance for Chelsea, with Courtois having spent the previous two years out on loan with La Liga giants Atletico de Madrid.
And the 21-year-old’s form in goal at the Vincente Calderon has been so impressive in that time that now most of the Continent’s biggest clubs are known to be keen to sign Courtois when his current deal expires at the Bridge in June 2016.
As a result, returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has responded by offering Courtois a two-year extension on his current deal in order to ward off any potential interest in the Belgium’s services, but the keeper has now told his employers that he will not discuss extending his stay in the capital until after next year’s World Cup.