Contract talks with Thibaut Courtois have been put on hold


Chelsea have put fresh contract talks on hold with Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois due to the upcoming fixtures which could define the outcome of Chelsea's season.

Talks are expected to re-commence after the Blues' FA Cup quarter-final fixture against Leicester, and Champions League second leg tie against FC Barcelona have taken place in March.

The Standard report that the two parties have mutually agreed the decision in order to be fully focused for the important fixtures which are soon around the corner.

Real Madrid are interested in the Belgian, and the Blues were looking to put them off by securing a new contract with the 25-year-old.

Courtois has admitted he would return to Spain with his children currently living there, and with only 18 months left on his current Chelsea deal, the Blues are looking to tie him down.

If he does depart, Chelsea reportedly have AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson lined up. However they aren't the same calibre of quality, so Roman Abramovich will need to offer the money in order to persuade Courtois to stay.