U-TURN: Chelsea star makes dramatic U-turn and claims "100 per cent' committed to Chelsea"
Thibaut Courtois has had a dramatic change of heart in recent days and has now claimed that he is 100% committed to Chelsea. I don't...
Thibaut Courtois has had a dramatic change of heart in recent days and has now claimed that he is 100% committed to Chelsea. I don't know how everyone else feels about it but I am not totally convinced.
You look at the Chelsea squad as it is now and it's plainly obvious the players that the Champions League clubs will come in for this summer. The likes of Costa, Fabregas, Willian and Eden Hazard will all come under scrutiny this summer and Chelsea will do well to keep hold of all of them, of that I think we are all agreed. Surely now we would have to consider Thibaut Courtois the same?
In his defence, he has been awful this season along with most of our squad but being sent off twice this year in the opening game against Swansea and recently against Manchester City hasn't helped his cause. The episode against City followed a quotation made by the big Belgian Goalkeeper while last away on international duty where he openly criticised what has been going on and the surroundings at Cobham on a daily basis.
For those that missed it, here is what he had said back then:
"I still have three years on my contract. We must see what Chelsea want.
It is true that it (this season) has changed me. Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better.
The level of training is higher among Devils (Belgium). There are only world-class players (here), while at Chelsea, there are some players a little less rated and we often train with youngsters as well."
Not exactly the ideal thing to say and I remember writing at the time that imagine being one of his team mates at Chelsea wondering who he is referring to? Based on those comments, it seemed to me that he was beginning to talk his way out of the club for a side back in the Champions League next season with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona openly looking for replacements in Goal.
So to this week and once again the Belgian shot-stopper was asked of his future and it seems that he has had a complete change of heart. Whether that's down to Antonio Conte or not is up for debate but here is what he said:
"I have never had any contact with PSG.
I have played a lot against PSG recently - twice last season, again this season in a friendly and twice more in the Champions League this year. They are a good club who win their league easily.
Me, I like playing in England. Paris is a very good club but I am happy at Chelsea. I have a contract for three years, so I will say 100 per cent.
Rumours affect any club where things are going badly. People think the top players want to leave because they are not in the Champions League.
Everyone knows it is our fault we will not play in that competition next year. It has happened to Manchester United and to Dortmund, to not play in the Champions League, and it is heartbreaking.
This year, we have not defended our title well like we needed to. We must regather our forces to return stronger and get back to the Champions League."
Listen, don't get me wrong, when on form he is one of the best Goalkeepers in the world and anyone would be lucky to have him. If we can convince him to stay and focus on having another season like his first here then great. The problem I have is that everything he has said above could literally be thrown out of the window if Real or Barca come calling.
What do you think? Would you keep him if you could or do you think he is one of those players looking for a way out despite when he has said here?