Antonio Conte told what Chelsea must do to keep Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea need to be challenging for the Champions League on a regular basis to keep Thibaut Courtois, according to Garth Crooks

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Photo: Thibaut Courtois/Instagram

Chelsea will need to challenge for the Champions League to keep Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge in long term, according to Garth Crooks.

The Belgium international has been influential in the Chelsea goal throughout their title-winning season under Antonio Conte.

Chelsea have the second-best defensive record in the Premier League after conceding 29 times in 36 games in the current campaign.

Courtois has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window as los Blancos look to sign a replacement for Keylor Navas.

Former Spurs legend Crooks has warned Conte that Chelsea will need to challenge for the Champions League on the regular basis to ensure Courtois remains at Stamford Bridge.

“Only Arsenal now stand between Chelsea and a league and FA Cup double but Courtois is a world-class keeper and domestic doubles are fine but for him it must be about Champion League titles,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

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Courtois was part of the Atletico team that lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League runner-up in 2014.

The Belgian goalkeeper won La Liga and Copa del Rey during his three-year loan spell at los Rojiblancos.

The Chelsea number one has lifted the Premier League trophy twice since returning to west London.

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