Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois shows class in penalty shootout

Thibaut Courtois is eager to show Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans he’s better than the goalkeeper that endured a very rocky Premier League season. The Belgium international performed well at Euro 2016 and showed his penalty-stopping skills in a one-on-one game with Chicago Bulls basketball player Nikola Mirotic. Aquí tenéis el resultado del reto… gracias @thibautcourtois por el buen rato y a la @SeFutbol por sus campos! pic.twitter.com/zwe4bBYC5R — Nikola Mirotic (@threekola) 19 juli 2016

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Chelsea in talks with French star goalkeeper

Chelsea have begun talks with Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda as they look to make him Thibaut Courtois’s understudy at Stamford Bridge. According to a report by The Guardian, the 31-year-old is set to leave Marseille after a very poor season when his contract ends this month. He played nine years at the Stade Vélodrome and has expressed an interest in pursuing his career in the Premier League, after once having an unsuccessful trial with Aston Villa. Mandanda is currently France’s second goalkeeper at Euro 2016, backing up Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. He’s been…

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Chelsea have offered star player to Barcelona for huge fee

Speculation regarding Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s future at the West London club has grown strong in the recent weeks. The Belgian goalkeeper has repeatedly been linked with a move back to the Spanish La Liga, and now according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the Blues have offered their star player to Barcelona for £50 million. Meaning Courtois will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, as Juventus paid £40 million for Gianluigi Buffon to Parma in 2001. The Belgium international, who recently refused to commit his long-term future to the…

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Chelsea star free to leave Stamford Bridge on one condition

Incoming coach Antonio Conte has reportedly given the green light to Chelsea’s management to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Times. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge, as he missed three months of football after suffering a training ground injury in the first half of the season. Following his return from injury, he has not been at his best and produced some questionable performances. He has also received a couple of red cards in the Premier League this season. Recently, when asked about his future, he…

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Chelsea star interested in Real Madrid move

Chelsea might have a battle on their hands in keeping hold of their first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the summer. The Belgian goalkeeper has recently been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and famous football journalist Duncan Castles has further fuelled the rumours by claiming that Courtois is open to a move to the La Liga giants. Castles writes in One World Sports that Courtois will be ready to join Real if the La Liga club manage to agree terms with Chelsea in the summer. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a…

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Chelsea are ready to axe star goalkeeper for reserve

Asmir Begovic will be handed starts between now and the end of the season as Chelsea consider selling Thibaut Courtois and making the Serbian their number one goalkeeper next season, according to The Daily Mail. The Blues could place the Belgian international on the bench against Swanesa to allow Begovic the chance to audition to become Antonio Conte’s man between the sticks next season. Courtois has endured a mixed season at Stamford Bridge and has refused to state he’s going to stay at Chelsea after the current season ends. He is thought…

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Belgian looks to be most crazy goalkeeper on the planet [Video]

The Premier League has been able to watch two talented Belgian goalkeepers as of late: Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet. However, both Belgium internationals are fellow countryman of possibly the most crazy goalkeeper on the planet. Glenn Verbauwhede used to play in the Belgium top flight with Club Brugge, Kortrijk and Westerlo. The 30-year-old moved to South-Africa in the summer of 2013 and has played for Sundowns, FS Stars, and currently Maritzburg United, who are ranked last in the ABSA Premiership. Now, the Belgian, who has been capped 62 times…

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Chelsea put world-record price tag on star player

Chelsea have put a world-record price tag of £73 million on star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in an attempt to ward off interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to the Evening Standard. At the moment, Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is still the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. The Old Lady payed nearly £40 million to Parma for his services in 2001. However, if Courtois is sold by the Blues at their current price tag, he would overtake Buffon in this regard. The report claims that the 23-year-old Belgium international wants a return to the…

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Chelsea fans regret selling star player and want him back [Tweets]

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Chelsea sold their long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech to Arsenal last summer. The Czech goalkeeper had fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and wanted a move to the North London club. He was granted his wish by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich due to his cordial relationship with the Blues. Cech seems to have settled quite well at the Emirates Stadium, while at the same time, Courtois has suffered from a drop in his form. Following the Belgian’s performance in the draw against West Ham, many Chelsea fans…

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Courtois: “Confidence back, but top four is not possible for Chelsea”

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits that a top-finish is out of reach for the Blues this season. The Belgian, however, insists that under interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea are again playing with confidence. The West London club lost nine of their first 16 league fixtures under former manager Jose Mourinho, but following the arrival of Dutch manager, they are unbeaten in eight games. Courtois claims that the Blues have a lot to fight for this season as they are still competing in the FA Cup and the Champions League. He concedes…

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Belgians and Chelsea rule Premier League’s most valuable XI

The winter transfer market is nearing its close. Some Premier League teams made a couple of moves, while others seem to be happy with their current squad. Big names usually don’t change teams during January. Therefore, we’ll be looking at the highest rated XI in the Premier League, using a 4-3-3 formation. Note: it’s never easy to put an accurate market value on a player, but Transfermarkt does a pretty good job at it. KEEPER No matter what formation we use, Thibaut Courtois is our goalkeeper. The Chelsea man is rated at…

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Chelsea gossip: Mourinho given vote of confidence as Courtois steps up recovery

Tuesday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Some Chelsea fans actually claimed Eva Carneiro had placed a curse on their side as they lost 3-1 to Southampton on Saturday, the Metro reports. Carneiro, of course, left her position as the Blues’ first-team doctor on September 22 after Jose Mourinho was accused discriminatory comments towards her. Jose Mourinho has been charged by the FA with misconduct for claiming referees are afraid to give penalties to Chelsea, the Daily Mirror reports. The under-pressure Chelsea boss made the claim in several interviews on…

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Jose Mourinho expects Thibaut Courtois to return for Chelsea’s clash with Man United

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has given Blues fans a lift by claiming that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is in line for a return from injury in December, the Daily Express reports. The Belgian custodian went under the knife in Spain in September after tearing his meniscus in training (via Express). However, Mourinho has moved to bring in a back up while Courtois is on the sidelines in the shape of former Italian international Marco Amelia (via Express). But despite that, Mourinho is confident that Courtois should be back in line for…

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Chelsea gossip: Costa dropped from Spain squad but Porto star targeted

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumours. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea are in the process of signing veteran Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia as cover for current no.2 stopper Asmir Begovic, according to the Daily Star. Begovic, who moved to Stamford Bridge this summer from Stoke, is currently deputising for Thibaut Courtois, who is on the sidelines with a knee injury. Diego Costa has been dropped from Spain’s squad for their final two Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures – with Vicente Del Bosque critical of the striker’s antics against Arsenal, the…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues target gets confirmed exit and Mourinho vows to stay at Stamford Bridge

Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it was not his decision to sign defender Papy Djilobodji, 26, from Nantes on transfer deadline day, The Independent reports. The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in a £4m deal in an effort to bolster the Blues’ defensive options after they failed to sign Everton centre back John Stones, despite tabling several bids for the Englishman. Tottenham Hotspur are open to entering a Wembley ground share agreement with Chelsea to avoid the London clubs trying to outbid…

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Chelsea rule out signing emergency loan goalkeeper after Courtois injury

Chelsea have confirmed that they have no plans to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan deal despite losing Thibaut Courtois to a knee injury, the Daily Express reports. Jose Mourinho told reporters that the Belgian international will be on the sidelines for “quite a long time” after sustaining an injury to his right knee in training on Wednesday (via Express). That means that summer arrival Asmir Begovic will be handed the chance to shine against Everton this weekend, with youngster Jamal Blackman backing him up from the bench. And Mourinho…

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Chelsea gossip: Courtois out for “a long time” but Brazilian defender back on Blues’ radar

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after injuring a knee in training, the London Evening Standard reports. That means deputy Asmir Begovic will now get the opportunity to shine in his absence. Courtois also requires knee surgery and will be out for “quite a long time”, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed, the BBC reports. The 23-year-old Belgium international damaged his medial ligaments during training on Wednesday. Chelsea transfer target Marquinhos is growing increasingly unsettled at…

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Chelsea predicted line-up vs Everton: Thibaut Courtois to miss clash through injury

After the start they made to the new season, Chelsea would have probably been quite grateful for the international break, as it allowed Jose Mourinho the time to assess how the Blues are going to get their Premier League title defence off and running. Three points on Saturday is arguably a must, even at this early stage of the season, but the Toffees will fancy their chances, especially if they can keep things tight at the back, as the champions have conceded at least two goals in everyone of their…

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Chelsea star a doubt for Everton clash after picking up knee injury

Chelsea may have to play their next clash with Everton without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, after the Belgian sustained a knee injury in training, the Daily Express report. The 23-year-old returned from international duty without any problems, but picked up the knock in training (via Express), and now may be forced to watch the Blues from the sidelines. The Express suggest, however, that Jose Mourinho is willing to give the Belgian every chance to prove his fitness before deciding whether to start the game at Goodison Park with either his number…

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Chelsea news: Stones move could now be easier, and Pogba reportedly agrees pre-contract move

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: The Blues have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Paul Pogba, after the Daily Express suggested that the Juventus man had reportedly agreed a pre-contract deal with Barcelona. The Catalan side’s transfer ban means that a deal can only go through in January. John Stones could be about to sign a new contract with Everton, but the 21-year-old is keen to ensure that the fresh terms make a Stamford Bridge switch easier, according to the Daily Mirror. The England international…

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FIFA 16 player rankings 40-31: Chelsea stopper ranked higher than Man United striker Wayne Rooney

On Wednesday, we brought you the first in a series of lists concerning the player rankings on FIFA 16. And today we continue that run down with numbers 40-31, and though there are no major shocks, the placement of certain names will no doubt ruffle a few feathers amongst fans. 40. Gerard Pique – Barcelona Rating: 85 The Barca defender is still in good nick despite having a quiet season by his own standards. 39. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund Rating: 86 Linked with United over the summer, and we…

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Jose Mourinho wants 11 defenders at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is so worried about his side leaking so many goals so far this season that he has told his squad that they are all defenders, The Sun reports. The defending Premier League champions have already conceded seven goals in their opening three games this term, but the 52-year-old is refusing to lay the blame solely on his back four. “You cannot blame defenders for goals conceded. A team is a team. A good team defends as a team,” he said. “I worked the team. You have…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba named as definitive #1 target and midfielder set to become latest Turkish export

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup. Chelsea will pursue signing 22-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus over the remainder of the transfer window, The Independent reports. The France international will represent a huge coup for The Blues, but could raise doubts over the future of either Cesc Fabregas or Nemanja Matic. England defender John Stones was targeted by Everton fans at his home in Widnes after handing in a transfer request and is now staying in a hotel, The Sun reports. This comes after he handed in…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues to embark on £100m spending spree and winger wanted by Prem giants

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup. Everton defender John Stones, 21, will put in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Premier League champions Chelsea, The Sun reports. However, Stones is part of a potential £100m double deal for the Blues, who are also keen to sign Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, the Daily Star reports. Chelsea winger Victor Moses, 24, is wanted by Aston Villa and Tottenham, according to the Daily Telegraph. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, says former Manchester…

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Chelsea gossip: Higuain asks to leave Napoli, while two Ligue 1 defenders targeted

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Reported Blues target Gonzalo Higuain has asked to leave Napoli this summer, according to the Metro. However, the Premier League champions will have to activate his release clause if they wish to sign him. That would mean paying the Serie A club an eye-watering £66m. Chelsea are also targeting a move for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Gregory van der Wiel, according to the Metro. The approach comes just days after Branislav Ivanovic endured a torrid time against Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero on…

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