Conte admits Courtois contract frustration

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ANTONIO CONTE is urging Chelsea to sort out the contract stalemate with "best goalkeeper in the world" Thibaut Courtois.

This week, Courtois confirmed there had been no new developments in talks with the club - a situation that does not appear to sit entirely comfortably with his boss.

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". Obviously with that (3-4-3) system, they are two of the best wide players I have played with.

"I can say Courtois is one of the best, maybe the best goalkeeper in the world", said the Italian.

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Chelsea are probably the English club linked most with signing Brazilian players, and specifically players from the Brazilian league.

Whether his return to prominence against minnows Qarabag, who played 69 minutes with 10 men, is enough to win over Conte and earn a place in the team for a crucial Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday remains to be seen.

Courtois has just a year and a half left on his contract at Chelsea and recently said that he will halt any renewal discussions until the summer. "But, at the same time, there is space to deal with this type of situation and to solve the situation. These situations are not simple but every club has to try and solve all these situations". There are so many games that I need to think about my own performances.

Reports this morning have suggested that Courtois wants a deal that pays him in line with David De Gea, who is widely considered as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, which is believed to be somewhere in the region of £205,000-a-week. "He knows very well what my thoughts about him are", he added. Maybe he is now the best but, for sure, in the future for this goalkeeper [he will be the best].

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