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£50m Chelsea star set for exit from Stamford Bridge, future under Conte unclear

Courtois

What a difference a year makes. 12 months ago our Chelsea supporting punters were heralding Thibaut Courtois as the long-term heir to the legendary Petr Cech.

Now, he looks set to leave.

Having been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid recently, the Belgian’s starting position with the Blues appears to have come under threat.

Though widely regarded as one of the top stoppers in the game, the 23-year old has suffered an alarming dip in form amid one of the worst seasons at Stamford Bridge in recent memory.

Los Blancos were thought to be hugely interested in bringing him back to the Spanish capital, where he spent three successful seasons on loan at city rivals Atletico Madrid.

However, another La Liga titan are said to have thrown their hat into the ring in the shape of Barcelona.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivothe Catalan giants are interested in the custodian should Marc-Andre Ter Stegen leave the Camp Nou this summer.

To that end, they could hijack a £50m move in order keep him out of the clutches of the Madridistas.

The report claims incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte does view the ‘keeper as an unsellable asset and has been linked with moves for England star Fraser Forster and Jack Butland.

How much will selling Courtois render the Cech sale pointless? 

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