Thibaut Courtois has revealed that the Chelsea goalkeeper and Eden Hazard are egging each other on to sign new deals with the Premier League champions.
The Blues are looking to tie down both Courtois and Hazard to new long-term contracts to ward off interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The Premier League title holders have relied upon the Belgian duo heavily in the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Antonio Conte.
Hazard scored 14 times in 38 games in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign in 2013-14, while Courtois managed to establish himself as the club’s number one ahead of Petr Cech.
The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper missed part of the 2015-16 season with injury and Hazard didn’t find the net until April as Chelsea finished in tenth place.
But the Chelsea number 10 rediscovered his best form in the Premier League last term as Hazard netted 16 times and made five assists to help the Blues win the title.
Courtois was part of a mean Chelsea defence that had the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League en route to winning the title under Conte.
Speaking to Belgian media, Courtois revealed that Chelsea’s Belgian duo are encouraging each other to sign new deals.
“It had just turned the New Year, so we will wait a few weeks and then sit around the table,” Courtois said after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at The Emirates on Wednesday night.
“I am happy at Chelsea and a deal is close. Has it been a distraction? Not for me. I am just calm and relaxed because I am tied to Chelsea. Despite the rumours and everything, I am focused on Chelaea and I am happy here.”
“Do Eden and I encourage each other to sign? Yes. He will say ‘if you sign, I will sign’ and I say the same to him!
“I think we are both happy at Chelsea, we both have a good part to play. We have been champions twice in the four seasons I have been here and can have our peak years together at Chelsea.”
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