Antonio Conte Urges Chelsea to Tie Down Thibaut Courtois Amid Concerns He'll Leave

Chelsea is growing concerned Thibaut Courtois will not sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge following Antonio Conte's demands for the club to secure his future, according to reports.

Courtois' current deal in west London still has 18 months to run while the Belgian goalkeeper has reportedly demanded an offer that would see him paid the same as Manchester United's David De Gea. Courtois is believed to have rejected an offer in May that was below his £200,000-a-week demands.

Conte has continually urged the club to get Courtois to commit his future to Chelsea amid interest from Spanish giant Real Madrid, but concern has built due to his family situation.

According to the Evening Standard, Courtois is keen to spend more time with his two young children who are both based in Madrid, Spain.

Courtois met their mother while he spent three years on loan from Chelsea at Atletico Madrid, but the couple separated earlier this year and she has remained in the Spanish capital.

A possible path to Madrid has been available to Courtois for a while, though. The goalkeeper has been the subject of interest from Real Madrid ever since Jose Mourinho was manager at the Bernabeu, from 2010 through 2013.

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Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, London, November 29. Courtois may reject a new contract offer from Chelsea. Mike Hewitt/Getty

Both Courtois and De Gea have been high on Real's wishlist, as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas. Keylor Navas has been Zinedine Zidane's number one choice between the posts but is expected to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.

Courtois has been a Chelsea player since 2011, when he signed from Genk, but spent the first three seasons on loan at Atletico where he won La Liga and came runner-up in the Champions League.

Since becoming Petr Cech's successor at Stamford Bridge in 2014, Courtois has helped Chelsea to two Premier League titles and the League Cup. Conte sees him as a crucial part of his team and has spoken of his desire for Chelsea to get Courtois and fellow countryman Eden Hazard tied down with new contract.

"I hope that at the end of the season Thibaut and Eden will sign a contract. But it is the responsibility of the club to try to do this," Conte said.

"They are great players, especially because they have space for improvement. They are young and it would be great to keep them with us."