Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to follow Eden Hazard out of Chelsea this summer

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to follow Eden Hazard out of Chelsea this summer

- Courtois set to dump Chelsea and follow Hazard to any club he signs for this summer

- The goalkeeper helped Belgium win bronze medal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

- He is wanted by Real Madrid who are hoping to replace their ageing goalkeeper Keylor Navas

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he might not be playing at Chelsea next season.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup bronze medal winner casted doubts over his future after their 2-0 victory over England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Saturday, July 14.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Thomas Meunier ensured the Red Devils wrap up their campaign with the 3rd place medal.

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However, the 26-year-old's statement means the new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will have to start shopping for a new goalkeeper if their number one man leaves.

Before Coutois' statement, Eden Hazard had dropped his bombshell after casting a moajor doubt over his future at the club.

The Belgian attacker revealed immediately after Saturday's victory over England after indicating that he wants to quit the club this summer.

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He might be on his way to Real Madrid who recently lost their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this summer.

Meanwhile, Barcelona seem to have jumped in the chase to land the winger after making their own enquiries ahead of a potential bid.

And Courtois has joined his countryman in hinting he is ready to move on. The goalkeeper has been locked in talks with Chelsea over an extension to his existing deal, that has less than 12 months to run.

"I will be coming back, for sure and I will see what they want and how they say it," he said.

"Obviously with this World Cup, I think what was on the table obviously is different than what I can have, maybe.

"In this World Cup, I have ignored all the speculation, all the rumours. But now in the next few days I will have a chat with my agent and see what Chelsea told him, and then we will talk.

"But I feel happy at Chelsea, it's not that I necessarily want to leave."

On Sarri's arrival, Courtois said: "It's hard to talk about it because I don't know exactly what happened.

"But the decision that was made a few days ago, I think as a group we expected that a longer time to happen because we heard what the board said to us already after the season and then it takes until now.

"I don't think it's easy for a new manager to come in and shape us in a few weeks. I think fans need to understand we will need some time to adapt to the new manager and a different style.

"I know Dries Mertens and he told me really well about Sarri, so I'm looking forward to come back and win some prizes.'

If a compromise over fresh terms can not be reached, Courtois has even implied he is prepared to see out the final year of his contract before leaving on a free transfer.

"People always complain that players don't comply with their contracts, but maybe they do.

"I don't think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I don't sign (a new contract). But maybe (staying) is possible, because I like it in London."

Sarri, who was only confirmed as new manager on Saturday, now has the unenviable task of resolving the futures of his Belgian stars.

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Chelsea will look to recoup as much as £200 million for Hazard, who has two years on his deal, if they decide to sell this summer.

Speaking on Saturday, Hazard said: "After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. Certainly after this World Cup.

"I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination."

Intriguingly, Courtois added: "Wherever I go, Eden must follow. We will not let each other go."

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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