Chelsea have been put under pressure to finally complete contract talks with Thibaut Courtois after his agent claimed he regularly discusses the keeper with Real Madrid.
Negotiations between Courtois and the Premier League champions have stalled as the giant goalkeeper holds out for the deal he thinks he deserves.
The Blues are desperate to tie the 25-year-old down to a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge with his existing deal only having two years left to run.
European champions Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of the Belgian international, who along with Manchester United’s David de Gea is one of two English-based keepers they have been tracking.
And his agent Christophe Henrotay has left Chelsea in no doubt Real are seriously interested in the highly-rated stopper.
Henrotay said: “Thibaut obviously interests the biggest clubs, and therefore the reigning European champions.
“He is a player who wins matches and trophies for you.
“I regularly meet with Real Madrid’s directors, and Thibaut’s situation has come up for discussion.
“My role is to keep them up to date with matters.”
The fact Real are monitoring Courtois’ situation so closely will not go unnoticed at Stamford Bridge.
Boss Antonio Conte is trying to build a squad capable of not only defending their title but also seriously challenging for the Champions League next season.
And he will not want to lose his first choice keeper, especially to one of their major European rivals.
Courtois has been with Chelsea since his 2011 arrival from home-country club Genk, winning two Premier League crowns and the League Cup during his time there.
He also spent three seasons on loan to the Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid, where he won a host of trophies – including La Liga, the Europa League and Copa del Rey.