Chelsea’s 2016-17 season is officially over now, with a bitter FA Cup blow and a lot less bitter Chelsea Awards night putting the finishing touches on what was, in the final reckoning, a pretty great season at Stamford Bridge. But the work never stops, on the pitch or off of it, and it’s the latter that will take center stage for the next couple months as Chelsea look to make some “very cold” decisions regarding the squad and the transfer market.
But while there should be a couple major signings to look forward to this summer, just as key will be sorting out the futures of Conte, Hazard, and Courtois with new contracts and pay rises (and maybe Costa, too!).
It sounds like we’re making progress on all three (and possibly four) fronts, with Mr. Golden Gloves himself telling Sky Sports this weekend that he’s ready to sign the new and improved “reward”.
“Contract talks haven't opened but I am happy at Chelsea. I hope they reward me with a good contract then there will be no doubt I will sign it.”
-Thibaut Courtois; source: Sky via Evening Standard
Rumors earlier this month claimed that talks had already started, but apparently they haven’t yet. Or maybe those earlier talks were with just agents and whatnot. Either way, let’s get this (and the other contract extensions) done. With two years left on his current deal, now is the ideal time.