Antonio Conte says Thibaut Courtois Chelsea contract 'for the club' to sort

Conte Courtois contract renewal out of my hands

Chelsea's Antonio Conte believes the winter schedule for English teams is not right, stating they have minimal recovery time in-between games.

Chelsea chief Conte said: "He is a player very important for Chelsea but the renewal of contract is a task for the club".

The 25-year-old is said to be demanding wages in excess of £200,000 a week in order to pen a new contract with the Blues, with his current deal due to expire in 2019.

Chelsea's director Marina Graniskovaia has the final say on whether the Blues will give Courtois what he wants during contract negotiations but the goalkeeper has leverage in the situation with Real Madrid interested in signing him. But, for sure, in the future he will be the best goalkeeper'.

I don't think there have been any new developments. "But it is also important for the club to face this issue, this contract with Courtois". And Conte thinks this is how it should be, as he explained his role in the situation around Courtois' contract.

"As you know very well, if a big player decides to not sign a new contract it is hard for the club to face this issue", he said.

"There is space to solve the situation this season".

"In this season, maybe Sanchez and Ozil are finishing their contracts with Arsenal. These situations are not simple but every club has to try and solve them".

As shown by his performance against Qarabag on Wednesday, when he scored a brace and won two penalties to have a hand in each of Chelsea's four goals, Willian can still be a very impactful player on the team. "He knows very well what my thoughts about him are", he added.

The Liverpool manager said: "I really get what Antonio is talking about but maybe he forgot they had the best Christmas schedule a year ago. He will be the best in the world... maybe he is now the best, but for sure, in the future for this goalkeeper (he will be the best)".

"I don't know if we will speak to the Premier League but the situation is really clear".

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