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Courtois curbs Real Madrid rumours by committing to Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois has quashed talk of an imminent move to Real Madrid by vowing to spend at least one more season at Chelsea.

The Belgium international continues to be heavily linked with a summer transfer after admitting that his “heart is in Madrid”.

The 25-year-old’s young family remain in the Spanish capital following a previous loan spell at Real’s cross-city rivals Atletico.

It remains his intention to join them at some stage but, with a contract in England until 2019 and extension talks ongoing, the highly-rated goalkeeper sees his immediate future in London.

Courtois told the Evening Standard: “I’m committed to Chelsea.

“I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it.

“Obviously there is no extension signed but I don’t think now is the moment to do it. I think it is better to wait until the end of the season.

“All I can say is I’m committed to Chelsea and also committed for next year.”

Pressed further on whether he can assure Blues fans of his presence for 2018-19, Courtois added: “I have no other thing to say. It’s easy when you have only one year remaining that other people might say something.

“I’m a bit annoyed by it because it’s a talking point and it’s a thing people went to dwell on.

“But I think the focus now should be on winning our League games to get a top four finish and back in the Champions League for next season as well as going through in the FA Cup.

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“That’s the most important thing and is what we have to do as a group and for myself as well.”

Chelsea saw another route to major silverware closed in midweek as they crashed out of the Champions League to Barcelona.

Courtois has accepted blame for a disappointing 3-0 defeat following an uncharacteristic error-strewn display, but he is looking for the Blues to bounce straight back in an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Leicester on Sunday.

He said: “It is important that doesn’t happen again and it is what the manager [Antonio Conte] has said to us.

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