Thibaut Courtois hopes Chelsea can 'close gap' on leaders Manchester City

Eden Hazard

Thibaut Courtois insists Chelsea must keep hold of team-mate Eden Hazard as he reveals the pair have spoken about signing new contracts at the club.

"I think we are both happy at Chelsea, we both have a good part to play".

Antonio Conte's side are in third position and 17 points adrift of City heading into 2018.

Courtois has gone on to establish himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and shone for the west Londoners in Thursday's derby match with Arsenal at the Emirates.

'Eden is irreplaceable. With the money he will raise, you can buy five players but none of them will be like Eden, ' the 25-year-old goalkeeper told the Evening Standard. His father Thierry was recently quoted as saying his son had rejected a new contract offer from the Blues in order to increase his chances of joining Los Blancos, but Courtois has faith his countryman will follow him in committing his future to Chelsea.

Courtois' deal expires next year but he isn't the only key player in that boat. "It would be like Barcelona losing [Lionel] Messi or Real Madrid losing [Cristiano] Ronaldo".

'If you excel, there will always be teams interested in signing the biggest players.

Eden Hazard is also close to signing a new contract and the two Belgians have been joking about their contract situation: "Do Eden and I encourage each other to sign? Yes". He will say: 'If you sign, I will sign, ' and I say the same to him.

Courtois belongs to Chelsea in 2011, however, in English the Grand disciple "Gena" debuted in August 2014 after spending three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, with whom he reached the Champions League final.



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