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Chelsea's Courtois will be kept: Conte

Press Association logoPress Association 30/12/2016 Matt McGeehan

Manager Antonio Conte insists goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is staying at Chelsea despite reported overtures from Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Belgium international spent three years on loan from Chelsea at Atletico Madrid before displacing Petr Cech as the Blues' first-choice keeper.

Courtois has since been linked with a return to Madrid, with Real, prompting suggestions he could be offered a new contract with English Premier League leaders Chelsea.

"I think it's not important to clarify the situation," Conte said.

"He stays with us and this is the most important thing. The other situations are only speculation.

"Thibaut is, for me, one of the best - if not the best - goalkeepers in the world."

Chelsea, with Courtois in goal, have conceded twice and scored 28 times in a 12-game winning run ahead of Saturday's New Year's Eve clash with Stoke.

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