Antonio Conte urges Thibaut Courtois to reject Real Madrid in order to become Chelsea’s Gianluigi Buffon - Kogonuso


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Dec 30, 2016

Antonio Conte urges Thibaut Courtois to reject Real Madrid in order to become Chelsea’s Gianluigi Buffon

Sean Kearns
Conte urges Courtois to reject Real Madrid to become Chelsea's Buffon
Antonio Conte has urged Thibaut Courtois to stay at the club (Picture: Getty)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has urged Thibaut Courtois to emulate Gianluigi Buffon by remaining at the Stamford Bridge for the remainder of his career.
Courtois, 24, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and fueled speculation of a move to Spain earlier this year by saying he’d like to move to La Liga.
The Belgian came in for criticism for those comments but he’s shelved any future plans this summer and has been one of Chelsea’s standout performers during a fantastic campaign under Conte.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are likely to come calling again this summer but Conte says Courtois should follow the lead of Buffon, who has been one of the world’s leading goalkeepers during a 15-year stint at Juventus.
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 18:  Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus at Parc Lyonnais on October 18, 2016 in Lyon .  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Conte worked with Buffon at Juventus (Picture: Getty)
‘Thibaut is, for me, one of the best – if not the best – goalkeepers in the world. He’s working really well. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper. He stays with us and this is the most important thing,’ said Conte.
‘I hope for Thibaut to repeat the same career as Gigi Buffon. I think that Buffon, for me, is one of the best goalkeepers of all time. I stayed with him at Juventus before as team-mates and then as his coach, in the national team also.
‘I think Buffon is a legend for football and I hope Thibaut has the same career as Gigi. He has great potential to continue to do great things, to reach great targets.
‘Look, Thibaut is a Chelsea player and I want him to stay here. I think he’s very happy. I see him with this club for many years. I want this, the club wants this. I don’t see any problem
‘A contract is a club decision. But, in my opinion, yes, I think that a goalkeeper like Thibaut deserves to stay at Chelsea for many years and become a type of player to stay and write the story of this club, to become a legend at this club.’

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