With Real Madrid remaining interested in the Belgium international, there’s an air of tension around Stamford Bridge when it comes to the goalkeeper’s future.
Speaking after the 1 – 0 win over Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final, Courtois continued to stall over his own future:
“Like I said in the last weeks or months, I think we’ll see after the World Cup whether I am a Chelsea player for next year.
“We’ll see what is going to happen after the World Cup.”
The 26-year-old knows what is needed for the Blues to challenge for next season’s Premier League title: spend in the transfer market.
“I think if we want to aim for the top, we should do the same [as Manchester City and Manchester United are spending] – obviously within the limits of what’s possible as well.
“We’ll see what’s going on and I am sure the board will do what needs to be done.”
His evasiveness when it comes to his own situation is little comfort to supporters who already face a change of manager this summer. Courtois declared he didn’t know whether Antonio Conte would be in charge next season.
With Roman Abramovich unable to enter the United Kingdom due to visa issues, will that provide some relief for Conte?
More importantly, can the Russian ensure that his club’s summer spending is enough to convince his prized asset to stay in west London?