Courtois to sign five-year Chelsea deal

The £90,000-per-week contract has been on the table all summer, but the Belgium international held back from putting pen to paper until he was confirmed as the Blues' No.1
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Thibaut Courtois is set to sign a new Chelsea contract after his status as the club's No.1 was confirmed, Goal can reveal.

An improved five-year contract that will triple the Belgian's wages to £90,000-a-week has been on the table since Jose Mourinho decided earlier this summer to recall the goalkeeper to his parent club.

Courtois held back from putting pen to paper while he waited to see if he would get the nod ahead of Petr Cech to start the new campaign in goal.

Mourinho's team selection for the 3-1 win over Burnley on Monday night demonstrated his faith in the 22-year-old and he is now set to sign extended terms that run until 2019.

Courtois has two years remaining on his current £30,000-a-week contract and the new package will bring him in line with the second tier of earners at Stamford Bridge alongside the likes of Ramires, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic.

As revealed by Goal last week, Cech will be encouraged to find a new club in the final fortnight of the transfer window following a decade as Chelsea's undisputed No.1 .

Real Madrid and wealthy French duo Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are closely monitoring the 32-year-old’s situation and formal bids could now be forthcoming following confirmation of Cech’s downgraded status.

Mourinho claimed on Monday that he wants to keep Cech but the west Londoners are believed to be ready to cash in on the keeper, who has two years remaining on his current contract, if they receive an offer that matches their £10 million valuation.

Chelsea already have an experienced understudy in place should he leave. Mark Schwarzer, Cech’s understudy last season, signed a one-year extension in July.

Cech, whose agent confirmed PSG and Monaco made an informal enquiry for his services last month, has admitted he will not be happy if he is left on the bench .

The Cezch has established himself as one of the world's outstanding keepers during his decade at Stamford Bridge.

Since joining Chelsea from Rennes for £7m in 2004, he has made 479 appearances for the club and won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups.