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Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard close to signing new Chelsea deals

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Thibaut Courtois has said he is close to signing a new contract at Chelsea and the goalkeeper suggested while hinting that his Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard could be ready to follow suit.

Courtois, whose deal at Chelsea expires in the summer of 2019, appeared to be firm over his intention to extend at Chelsea after the club’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

“It has just turned the new year so we will wait a few weeks and then sit around the table,” Courtois said. “I’m happy at Chelsea and a deal is close. Has it been a distraction? Not for me. I’m just calm and relaxed because I’m tied to Chelsea. Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelsea and I’m happy here.”

As for his compatriot, Eden Hazard is contracted with the Blues to 2020. While Courtois believes that the midfielder’s departure could deal a lot of hurt to the club, the keeper believes that Hazard would spend the peak years of his career at Stamford Bridge.

“Losing a player like Eden would be bad for the club,” Courtois added. “Eden is irreplaceable. With the money he will raise, you can buy five players but none of them will be like Eden. 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. But that’s why if Chelsea have ambition to be the best club in the world, these kind of players have to stay.”

“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. I think we are both happy at Chelsea, we both have a good part to play. We have been champions twice in the four seasons I have been here and we can have our peak years together at Chelsea.”

While Chelsea sit third in the Premier League and 16 points behind the leaders, Manchester City, Courtois remains confident that the club can finish the season with a major trophy as they advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they have been drawn to face FC Barcelona.

Prediction:

Norwich City 0 — 3 Chelsea

Premier League champions Chelsea humiliated at Roma

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Premier League champions Chelsea were humiliated at Roma as the Serie A runners-up earned a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Roma’s rout had begun in just 39 seconds, with their first goal immediately following an attack on the other end. Pedro had shot weakly at Alisson Becker, allowing Roma to clear with the ball lobbed long to to Edin Dzeko, who knocked it down to the edge of the Chelsea box for Stephan El Shaarawy to catch it on the half volley and sent the ball fizzing into the corner.

Antonio Rudiger, on his return to his former club gifted them their second as he through to Thibaut Courtois, while Stephan El Shaarawy sprinted between the two players and slotted home clinically for his second.

While Chelsea continued to challenge Becker through attempts from Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata but failed to make a breakthrough.

Their defensive frailties was subsequently exploited for a third time as Cesc Fabregas gives the ball away outside his own penalty area, allowing Diego Perotti a shoot from the edge of the area that into left-hand corner past the Courtois.

Roma should have got their fourth when Chelsea’s defenders all ran to Dzeko, who managed to square to a totally unmarked Perotti, but he fired over when he should have finished.

The Blues were hugely fortunate that Atletico Madrid failed to beat Qarabag, allowing them an easier chance to qualify.

They currently four points above third-placed Atletico — and a win in their next Champions League game at Qarabag will take them through.

As for Roma, a team currently fifth in Serie A, now lead the group by a point.

Thibaut Courtois adamant on staying at Chelsea

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Thibaut Courtois dismissed any speculation that he will move to Real Madrid next season, insisting instead that he aims to extend his contract with Chelsea and stay in the Premier League.

Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan in Madrid with Real’s city rivals Atletico, has been Chelsea’s undisputed No1 since taking over for Petr Cech in 2014 while keeping to his No13 kit number.

In recent months, the Belgian international goalkeeper has frequently been linked with a move to the European champions, but in an interview to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, Courtois said that he can’t imagine life at Real Madrid.

“I don’t see myself at Real Madrid,” he said. “I see myself at Chelsea, the club that six years ago saw me playing in Belgium and gave me the opportunity to sign for them.”

“They also allowed me to be three years at Atletico [Madrid], which helped me to be the keeper that I am now.”

With two years remaining in his contract, Courtois could yet enter talks for contract extension but says that negotiations have yet to begin as Chelsea edges ever closer to Premier League victory.

“At the moment we have not talked about a renewal. Now we are focused on winning the league, even though we have a ten-point advantage. Both the club and the coach want to keep calm now and not think about renewals.”

“We will see at the end of the season if they offer me something. For the time being, there has not been an offer.”

“I’m happy in London and I’m delighted with the success we are having this season.”

Chelsea now leads the Premier League table by 10 points against London rivals Tottenham whom they will also face in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.