Chelsea will appoint new owners this month with the final bid remaining only four groups – and former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has sent a message to the winners
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Thibaut Courtois has urged the eventual new owners of Chelsea at the helm of Stamford Bridge to know they are buying “one of the best clubs in the world”.
The Belgian goalkeeper will return on his old Stamford Bridge ground to a standstill when Real Madrid Welcome to Wednesday Champions League quarterfinals first leg. Four rival corporations are locked in talks to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich, who is selling his west London club amid continued Russian aggression Ukraine.
And Courtois, 29, has called on Chelsea suitors to keep the Blues at the top of the world. “I think it’s been a tough month for the club and for the fans, but I think you can see that all the people who love Chelsea are really putting their energy together,” Courtois said.
“The new owners have to know which club they’re buying. And hopefully they can keep the spirit of being here. In total I’ve been a part of Chelsea for seven years, and that’s a big part of it. my career.
“They gave me the opportunity to develop myself, come back and learn with Petr Cech. And I won two places. Premier League trophies, so I’m always happy to come back here. I hope the new owners understand what they are buying and that Chelsea can continue to be one of the best clubs in the world. ”
Courtois will face international team-mate Romelu Lukaku in Wednesday’s clash. Lukaku has struggled to impose himself on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea since his club-record £98m move from Inter Milan last summer. The 28-year-old remains determined to prove his worth and Courtois has supported his compatriot to emerge stronger following his trial in recent times.
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“Romelu is an outstanding player and of course someone I know well in the international team,” Courtois said. “He’s a great striker, so it’s a bit strange to not see him play that much lately, but I’m sure he’ll get through that.
“Sometimes you just need a little adaptation. I had the same thing in my first year at Madrid. And I’m sure he will turn out well. and you have to adapt to everything. So I’m sure he’s going to be fine. I’m sure he’ll come well but I hope not tomorrow, maybe he can wait another week!”
Real may be without influential and experienced manager Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday, with the former Chelsea boss dealing with Covid-19. The Italian will fly to London on Wednesday if he can test negative for Covid, otherwise his son and assistant Davide will take the reins at Chelsea.
“We were lucky that the assistant was his son so they were quite similar,” Courtois said. “We know how he wants us to train. There’s a big team of coaches behind us and we’re both doing well. About the half-time talk but the coaches did well.”