Courtois plays down Madrid links

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is ‘happy’ at Chelsea but contract talks have not yet started amid links to Spanish champions Real Madrid.

The Belgium international has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu over the past year by a number of Spanish outlets including Marca and AS, but has appeared to play down those links.

“Contract talks haven’t opened but I am happy at Chelsea,” Courtois told Sky Sports after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley.

“I hope they reward me with a good contract, then there will be no doubt I will sign it.”

Two months ago, the 25-year-old stated ‘he owed Spain a lot’ amid rumours he could return to Madrid, where his family still live.