Antonio Conte not happy about Chelsea renewal strategy

However, despite his successes at Chelsea, rumours linking Courtois with a return to Spain have never fully died down, with Atletico's fierce rivals Real Madrid having always been reported to hold an interest in the Belgian.

Law added Courtois's comments "sparked renewed interest from Real Madrid and alerted Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus", and Chelsea are now not willing to risk waiting until the summer and are eager to tie the 25-year-old to new terms.

"The thing for me, the most important thing, is to perform well for myself and the team", Courtois said.

Courtois has won two Premier League titles in three seasons as Chelsea's number one following a similarly successful period on loan with Atletico Madrid.

"I must be honest I think this question is for the club, not for me", Conte told reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Liverpool.

"But the renewal of contract is a task for the club".

Conte referenced the fact Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are entering the final six months of their contracts.

In conclusion the former Juventus manager stated that: "If a big player decides to not sign a new contract it is hard for a club to try to avoid this issue, but at the same time I think there is space to try to deal with the issue and try to solve the situation".

"But at the same time, there is space to deal with this type of situation and to try to solve the situation".

The Belgium global, a rumoured target for Juventus and Real Madrid, recently revealed that there have been no fresh developments with regards to a new long-term deal. I consider him one of the best. Maybe he is now the best but for sure in the future [he will be].

Stoke won't let him leave on the cheap and will only need to look at Everton's £30million signing of Jordan Pickford to know they can drive a hard bargain.

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