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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Thibaut Courtois 'committed' to Chelsea until next year but no word on contract extension

Belgian goalkeeper's current deal expires in 2019, leading to media speculation he could be leaving the club this summer unless a new contract can be agreed

Thibaut Courtois is expected to resolve his Chelsea future in the summer. Lee Smith / Reuters
Thibaut Courtois is expected to resolve his Chelsea future in the summer. Lee Smith / Reuters

Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was unable to confirm if his long-term future will be at Chelsea but insisted he remains "committed" to the Premier League club until the end of his current contract.

Courtois, 25, has yet to agree an extension to his Chelsea deal that expires in 2019, leading to speculation in the media that Belgium's No 1 could leave in the summer.

Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and European champions Real Madrid have both been linked with moves for Courtois, but the goalkeeper has said he is not focusing on his future, only on helping Chelsea finish the season as strong as possible.

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"I'm committed to Chelsea. I have a contract until next year and I will be here. I will do my best for it," Courtois said.

"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.

"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."

Reigning league champions Chelsea are fighting to salvage their season, having slipped to fifth in the league table, four points behind Liverpool in fourth and the last of the Uefa Champions League places.

The London club's hopes of making next season's Champions League now hinge on securing a top four place after their 4-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona at the last 16 stage.

Chelsea's only hope for silverware this season rest in the FA Cup where they face Leicester City in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

"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," Courtois added.

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

"We have to take the effort and commitment we showed against Barcelona into the match on Sunday. If we have that same level of commitment, we will win.

"I know Leicester are a difficult team to face, especially away from home. We will do our best to win.

"The FA Cup is a great competition. We lost in the final last year and we are hungry to go to Wembley again and do something amazing."