Thibaut Courtois has suggested that Chelsea will need to increase their offer to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge after his amazing performances at the World Cup.
Having just resolved their coaching situation with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea face weeks of uncertainty over two of their important players.
Courtois has just a year left his current contract, and Chelsea offered him an extension worth around £200,000-a-week — but the Belgium international believes he deserves more.
“I will go back and I will see what they want and how they say it,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “Obviously, with this World Cup, I think what was on the table is different than what I can have.
“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.”
Chelsea hope that by replacing Antonio Conte with Sarri will help convince Hazard that he can fulfil his long-term ambitions at the club.
“The decision [to sack Conte] was made a few days ago, but I think as a group we expected that to happen earlier because we heard what the board said to us already after the season and then it took until now,” Courtois added.
“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.”
“The last one-and-a-half months at Chelsea, I performed at a high level and I felt I took this form with me and played a really good World Cup,” he insisted. “To call me the best in the world, I don’t know. Jordan Pickford made some good saves against Sweden and Colombia, and Hugo Lloris made against us a very good save, and also against Uruguay.
“I don’t think you can decide [who is the best] on the amount of saves, I think if you did, then I exceed everyone. But sometimes it’s just that one save that does it. The keepers I mentioned, [Danijel] Subasic as well, maybe all four were on a high level.”
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